Internationally reputed dancer, choreographer, Guru , writer, & dance academician /curator,Dr Maya Rao is the only Indian with a Post Graduate certificate in Choreography from the USSR. She is the recipient of several awards including the National Award (President of India Award) for Choreography from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Karnataka State Award, the prestigious Shantala Award for the Govt. of Karnataka, the Emeritus Fellowship from the H.R.D. Govt. of India and an honorary doctorate from Bangalore University.
She has led cultural delegations to over 30 countries,creating an awareness and sharing the rich dance heritage of India worldwide.
Dr. Maya Rao has been invited to Europe, U.S.A, U.S.S.R, on many occasions as a consultant choreographer and as a Jury member for international projects. She trained in Kathak under Padmasri Shri. Shambu Maharaj of the Lucknow Gharana and Shri Sunderprasad of the Jaipur Gharana. Her solo recitals and dance dramas imbibed both styles winning much acclaim in India and Overseas.
She runs India's only degree college of choreography - The Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography. Maya didi,as she is fondly called ,has trained over 3000 students in a lifetime offered to her passion and mission- Dance.
Maya Rao was made Chairperson of the Karnataka State Sangeet Nritya Academy (1987 - 1990.) during which period she initiated National Performing Arts Festivals at Heritage Monuments - Somanathapura (1988), Pattadakkal (1989) and Halebid (1990).
Mohiniyattam - Adavus by Aswathy Srikanth
Mohiniyattam is a uniquely graceful classical dance form which has its origins in Kerala. Mohiniyattam is synonymous with "lasya" or grace and the movements of the dancer remain rooted in this stance. "Adavus" are the basic steps which form the nritta element of any dance form. The "adavus" of Mohiniyattam are a combination of chuvadu or footwork, mudras or hand gestures and charis,, movement of the body as a whole and manadalas which are postures. They are classified on the basis of the "vaaythaari" or the syllables recited, and positions of the feet.
Mohiniyattam - Hastas
Mohiniyattam is a uniquely graceful classical dance form which has its origins in Kerala.Though it has its roots in the Devadasi tradition, Mohiniyattam has matured over the years to carve a niche of its own in the world of dance. The "hastas" or "mudras" (hand-gestures) of Mohiniyattam have been derived from the text "Hastha Lakshana Deepika".The author of this text remains unknown but it is the most important document which artists of Kathakali, Mohiniyattam , Thullal, and many other dance forms look up to for guidance and instruction. There are 24 basic hastas in Mohiniyattam and a few others have been borrowed from Bharata's Natya Sastra and His Highness Karthika Thirunal's Balarama Bharatham.
Aswathy started her training under her mother, renowned dancer, Smt.Kalamandalam Saraswathy, at the tender age of four, giving her first stage performance at the age of seven. Her devotion to the art has bonded her with dancer N.Srikanth and dance has become a synonym for life. Aswathy is trained in Bharatanatyam, Kuchupudi and Mohiniyattam and has many performances to her credit both in India and abroad.
Prag Dakshina ( East & South ) by Vyshnavie
Gifted with a natural flair for dance, Vyshnavie, daughter and disciple of the renowned Bharathanatyam artiste Rajeswari Sainath, is blossoming into one of the finest exponents of dance in the younger generation. Her performances are an amalgam of traditional rigour and elegance. Her quest for the others modes of artistic expression led her to explore the Odissi style of dance from the renowned guru Shri Durga Charan Ranbir of Bhubaneswar. Combining the two strong classical styles, she has been presenting "Prag Dakshina", a confluence of bharathanatyam and odissi styles of dance.
The bharathanatyam segment consists of the varnam which describes the story of the temple town of Madurai, its presiding diety exquisite Meenakshi who is unmatched in beauty and valour which is then followed by the epic marriage of meenakshi and sundareswara(lord shiva himself). The jathis and rhythm patterns are conceived by percussion legend Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani.
The odissi segment is a traditional marga which begins with a bhoomipranam followed by the kalavathi pallavi, oriya abhinaya in praise of lord krishna and the moksha.
The Cadences Of - Kuchipudi by Kalaimamani Uma Muralikrishna
The Cadences of - Kuchipudi Dance DVD.
This product treats you to the delights of Kuchipudi, one of the major streams of Indian classical dance that emanated from Andhra Pradesh. Essentially a dance-drama, Kuchipudi is known for its aesthetic amalgamation of pure dance or 'nritta', music and histrionics with which it enacts scenes from Hindu epics and mythological tales.
This product has two sections.
Soundarya Manjari - A Cluster of Pathra Pravesha Darus Here the quintessence of 'Pathra Pravesa Daru' the entry item comes alive in a sparkling solo performance by 'Kalaimamani' Uma Muralikrishna, a seasoned Kuchipudi exponent known for her flawless style and grace. Each item is preceded by a detailed description of the composition, the context and the character portrayed.
Bhamane Sathya bhamane -Bhairavi-Misrachapu This piece from 'Bhama Kalapam', a legendary work by Siddhendra Yogi brings out the traits of Sathyabhama, the arrogant queen of Krishna.
Vidalera Voyyarolu -Kedara Gowla-Ad Taken from 'Vipranaryana Charitham', this number exudes Shrungara rasa and describes how a devadasi gears up to seduce sage Vipranarayana.
Tharuni Rukmini Vechanamma -Kalyani-Misrachapu An item from 'Rukmini Kalyanam', this number speaks about the beauty and poise of Rukmini, Krishna's consort.
The Cadences of Kuchupudi - Kuchipudi Dance.
Mathurya Murali - An Exposition of Tarangams Kuchipudi is an ancient dance form of India that has its roots in the southern province of Andhra Pradesh that involves fast, rhythmic footwork and sculpture-like body postures. Essentially a dance-drama, it unfolds scenes from Hindu epics and mythology by combining music, dance and acting.
This product unveils the nuances of 'Tarangam' an important component of Kuchupidi through a pulsating recital by 'Kalaimamani' Uma Muralikrishna, a highly acclaimed artiste. The highlight of 'Tarangam' is that the dancer dances on the edge of a brass plate marked by nimble but complicated rhythmic patterns.
Goverdhana giri dhara-Ragamalika-Adi This composistion of Narayana Theertha from 'Krishna Leela Tarangini' describes how Krishna lifted a mountain with his little finger and sheltered the entire village under it. It also speaks about his boyhood pranks.
Maragatha mani maya chela-Aarabi-Adi This lyric by Uthukadu Venkatasubba Iyer extols the charm of Krishna, his lure and the luster of his garment.