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Geeta Chandran (Delhi) - Bharatnatyam - 20 October 2010 (Wednesday)

Geeta Chandran has been trained by eminent Bharatanatyam gurus, including Smt Swarna Saraswathy and Guru KN Dakshinamurthi Pillai. She has ably synthesized her eclectic training to present unique dance presentations in which she skilfully weaves abstract notions of joy, beauty, values, aspiration, myth and spirituality. Celebrated for her composite understanding of Bharatanatyam, Geeta is also an accomplished Carnatic vocalist. She is known for her work in television, film and theatre as also in dance education, activism and journalism. She is the founder-president of Natya Vriksha where she teaches and promotes Bharatanatyam. She is also the artistic director of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company, which has travelled all over the world with its superb dance presentations. Geeta has received many prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Padma Shri.


In Revision, her presentation for the evening, Geeta Chandran and her Natya Vriksha Dance Company present a selection of classical numbers from the Bharatanatyam repertoire. It is suffused with the dancer’s focus on choreographic processes of intent, content and context. The intent is to celebrate the pristine classicism of Bharatanatyam. Through her Thanjavur bani, Geeta uses the adavu as the basis of her revision. This basic unit of Bharatanatyam is cast and recast in prismatic formations. The content remains the classical. The traditional Mallari, Alarippu, Padam and Tillana form the basis of Geeta’s revision. The context is what’s been altered. Since a solo dance is transformed into a group experience, the inter-body connections create new contexts for movement. There is also the context of the space in which the pieces are being performed. The grandeur of the dance has been re-contextualized for the Purana Qila monument.