Malavika: A Classical Hindi Dance Drama Presented by the Nrityenakatha Dance Troupe

Performance | Spectacle

Vancouver BC
August 13 août 2017

Presented by | Diffusé par: Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts
Surrey Arts Centre
13750-88th Ave.

In its second year, the Monsoon Arts Festival runs from August 4-13 in Vancouver and Surrey, with a deliberate spotlight on South Asian theatre. During a span of 10 days festival highlights include; a critically acclaimed, one-woman play, Burq Off! (New York), which has toured internationally; an Opening Night Reception and Closing Night Celebration; and to close the festival, an Indian classical dance drama Malavika performed in Hindi at Surrey Arts Centre, presented in partnership with dance troupe Nrityenakatha.

Malavika is an adaptation of Indian poet Kalidasa’s first play, which was called Malavikagnimitram. Captivating Hindi dialogues are intertwined with grand dances, sets, and costumes to transport the audience to an ancient mythological Indian kingdom, which is the setting for the story of King Agnimitra’s love for Malavika, a maid in the royal palace. The plot is carried forward through intense battles, sorrow, comedy, and thrilling dance sequences set to a beautiful classical Hindi soundtrack, creating a movie on stage. The leading roles are embodied by Vancouver’s Bharatanatyam stars Alex Parappilly and Ashvini Sundaram, alongside Kuchipudi enthusiast and director of the production, Savita Srinivasa.

Nrityenakatha is an Indian classical dance troupe devoted to conveying rare pieces of Indian literature through the language of dance. Bringing together a 12-member troupe primarily comprised of professionally trained Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancers with dance experience in Garba/Raas, the company was recently formed to propagate Indian classical dance-theatre in the Greater Vancouver Area.          

For tickets and more info please visit www.monsoonartsfest.ca.

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