DANCING DRUMS – SHOBANA’S TRANCE
“Seeking harmony and Unifying Spirituality through A Pastiche of Sound”
15th July 2016, Petaling Jaya, Sopaanam Arts, a performing arts group from India, under the patronage and guidance of Dato’ Dr L Krishnan and in aid of Cansurvive Centre Malaysia, proudly presents Dancing Drums Shobana’s Trance. This unique performance showcases renowned international artists, incorporating music, dance and theatre; which is sure to uplift the spiritual centre of audiences.
The 2-day performance will be held in the Shantanand Auditorium, Temple of Fine Arts, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur on the 31st of August Wednesday and the 1st of September 2016 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The entry for the performance is via donation and open to the public.
The theme Unifying Spirituality through Indian, Asian and Western Musical Cultures serves to foster stronger, deeper bond between the maestros of India and the music, dance and art lovers of Malaysia.
The programme will feature world renowned actress, dancer, choreographer, Mridangam Player and stage performer Padma Sri Shobhana who is the only artist in the history of Indian art who has excelled in classical dance, feature films and as an institutionalist.
“Malaysia is so rich with arts, I am so delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with such great talents to uplift the audience’s spirits through dance, theatre with an amazing live transcendental soundscape,” shares Shobana.
Shobana is accompanied by musician and percussionist Sri Anantha R Krishnan, renowned exponent music director and singer Sri Palakkad Sri Ram on flute, on keyboard Miss Prithvi Chandrasekhar, the famous Indian vocalist Preeti Mahesh and Bharatanatyam dancer SriVidhya and local artists from Malaysia. Together they will showcase a cross-section of India’s rich cultural heritage in a spectacular celebration of music and dance.
The entry for the performance is by reservation where the proceeds raised from the festival will be towards ‘Cansurvive Centre Malaysia Berhad, a non-profit Organisation that provides guidance and compassionate community support for patients who suffer from cancer as well as their family and friends.
Event: Dancing Drums – Shobana’s Trance
Venue: Temple Of Fine Arts, Jalan Berhala, Brick Fields
Date: 31st August 2016 & 1st September 2016 (Wednesday & Thursday) Time: 7:30 pm
Entrance: By Minimum Donation
Reservation: 011-27553976 Mrs. Shangkar / 012-2563763 Mrs. Raghu For enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Born into a family of legendary dancers, the Travancore sisters – Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini, Shobana was initiated in the art by the legendary Guru Smt K J Sarasa for a few years.
It was the illustrious Bharatanatyam exponent and performing guru – Padmashri Chitra Visweswaran who honed the passion in the young artiste at the Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts.
The intricacies of the style as well as its academic nature, kept her pre occupied with performing even though she had a full time film career side by side.
Ms. Shobana branched out as an independent choreographer and teacher in her early twenties.
Other than the rigid technique that was being popularized, she pursued developing what she thought as natural movement. She lent a poetic and fluid grace to Bharatanatyam.
She developed natural movements of feminine that came from within the deepest feelings of the body. The dance which is contained in cosmic geometry was also seen in circles. She trained in reaching out from the core of the body to all dimensions of the circle of cosmic geometry.
Ms. ‘Shobana’s craft was an ingenious combination of accentuated sound, showmanship and mood. As a cascading synthesis of form and communication with plenty of lissome movements and decorative nritta sections being prominent features’
The distinct essence of her dance style is of music visualization, of movement that equals the timbres, dynamics and structural shapes of music as well as its rhythmic base. From this philosophy of movement, stemmed diverse classical choreographies while unbendable layers of code is masked by a bohemian approach.
Her repertoire consists of classical ‘Padams’ and ‘Varnams’ which are the base for traditional Bharatanatyam emoting as well as choreographies ranging from western classical music and the Sufi style of music. ‘It was the dancer’s unstinting connection with her art that was the real appeal, and thereby was Shobana’s forte. That moment where she tied one episode in space and time to another, with total conviction was unforgettable’.