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Aparna Satheesan, Artistic Director of Samyoga School of Arts is an internationally acclaimed talented dancer who trained in different classical Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattom, Kathakali, Ottam Thullal, Kerala Nadanam from eminent legendary dancers like Padmabushan Dhananjayans(Alumni of Kalakshestra and direct disciple of Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale), Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, Regatta Girija Chandran, Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri. She has been trained in this art
Aparna has premiered her own first dance production “Krishna” at The Sangam, organized by Elli Lilly Corporation, Indianapolis, IN USA, where she played the main role as Krishna. Her notable dance productions are Krishna, Shivoham, Sri Rama Charitham and so on. She performed the lead role as Rama in the dance production Sri Rama Charitham which was premiered at Westfield High School on July 16 2017.
This dance production was premiered at The Sangam program by Elli Lilly on 2015. Concept and Choreography by Aparna Satheesan.
This is a semi classical fusion Indian dance which depicts some of the episodes of life of Little Krishna. I have used a blend of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi movements to this dance which depicts episodes of Krishna stealing butter, Yashoda(Krishna’s mom) seeing the whole universe in little Krishna’s mouth, Krishna playing pranks on gopikas, Krishna dancing with Gopikas, Krishna dancing on the evil serpent Kaliya(Kaliyamardanam) and also shows a small dance on the rim of a brass plate to include the kuchipudi aspect in the dance.
Concept and Choreography: Aparna Satheesan
Shivoham is a bharatanatyam dance production on The Supreme Lord of Dance, Shiva(Nataraja). In this dance, we demonstrates the story of Bhasmasura and how Lord Vishnu turned into a woman form, called Mohini and defeated this demon and saved Lord Shiva. This choreography is rich in the nritta aspects of Bharatanatyam with intricate jathis and foot work. Samyoga presenting our second dance production Shivoham after Krishna. This was performed for the Sangam program 2016 sponsored by Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, IN, USA at The Center for Performing Arts, Carmel
Sri Rama Charitham
Musicians for live orchestra are flying in from India. The objective of the show is to bring together 4 different dance forms, each of which originate from a different area of India, in an effort to appeal to a larger audience. Bharatanatyam is from Tamil Nadu. Kuchpudi originates from Andra Pradesh. Kathak dance is from Northern India, and Yakshagana is from Karnataka. Each of the dance forms also has unique music accompaniment and is sung in different languages. Hopefully including these four art forms will appeal to a larger audience and help more people with various backgrounds appreciate the traditional art form of their hometowns. We want to portray each dance form in its purest and most traditional form in an effort to showcase the beauty of Indian classical arts. Hopefully we will convert some people to Indian classical art lovers.
Sri Rama Charitham is a dance drama based on Ramayana, an ancient Sanskrit epic that is traditionally attributed to the authorship of Sage Valmiki. The story revolves around Lord Rama’s seemingly endless search for his beautiful and virtuous wife Sita, who was kidnapped by a terrible demon king. The story begins when Rama’s stepmother plots to deny Rama his rightfully inherited throne. As a result, Rama is exiled to the forest and leaves Ayodhya with Sita and his stepbrother Lakshmana. During their exiled days in the forest, Sita witnesses a beautiful golden deer walking in the forest and asks her husband to bring the deer to her so she can play with it and admire its beauty. The deer is in fact a demon in disguise, meant to isolate Sita, leaving her unprotected by Rama and Lakshmana. In her husband’s absence, Sita is abducted by Ravana, a demon king, and is taken to his palace in Sri Lanka. The heartbroken Rama desperately searches for his wife, aided by several creatures, including a monkey God named Hanuman who invents unique strategies to outwit Ravana and bring Sita home. Epic battles ensue, tricks are played, and ultimately good triumphs over evil. Rama and Sita return to Ayodhya, where he rightfully takes his place as king.
Jan 14 – Karur Natyanjali festival, India
July 16 – Sri Rama Charitham, Westfield School (Indianapolis)
Aug 18 – Heartland Film Festival, Indiana Historical Society
Aug 19th – Nritya Samarpanam, Chicago, IL, USA
Aug 20th – Indian Day, Indian Association of Indianapolis, Monument Circle, Dowtown
Aug 25th – Arts United, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Sept 9th – Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, Indianapolis.
Shivoham – The Center of Performing Arts, Carmel, IN, USA
Samyoga Festival Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Featured Performer at Balaji temple, IL, USA
Samarpana at Vyloppili Samskruti Bhavan, India
Kuchipudi at Indian Council of Cultural Relations(ICCR), Bangalore IN
Krishna at The Center of Performing Arts, Carmel, IN, USA
Soorya Festival India
Light and Sound show, Soorya Dance festival, India
Kuchipudi dance performance by Aparna Satheesan(Indianapolis) at Sri Venketeshwara temple, Chicago as part of the Shivrathri festival 2016 as a featured dancer for the event. This is a Ganesha Pravesha Daravu from Vishnu pallaki seva prabandham followed by Ganapthi kauthuvam. Chorepgraphed by my Guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi.
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