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I am performing under the auspices of VDS Arts Academy, Chennai, on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 6.30 p.m at MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Nungambakkam High Road.

Please treat this as a personal invitation.

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The Hindu newspaper has carried a review of my dance programme. You can find it here (starts from the fourth paragraph):

http://beta.thehindu.com/arts/dance/article111899.ece

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CHITRA SWAMINATHAN (from The Hindu)

Anita Ratnam’s latest production ‘Ma3ka’ is a string of thoughts and reflections.

It’s hard to ignore Anita Ratnam’s art. Because, it operates at many levels — personal, traditional and contemporary. Because, the approach is holistic — angika, vachika and aharya get equal attention. Because, most significantly, her choreographic works throb with a rare energy, honesty and imagination.

Each time I dance, I should have something to convey,” says the charismatic dancer as she gets ready to premiere ‘Ma3ka’ this Season.

I have the life experience, the training in the art form and the eternal desire to find my own ways to re-engage with the audience.”

Like most of Anita’s previous works such as ‘Arya Tara’, ‘Daughters of the Ocean’, ‘Neelam’, ‘Naachiyar’, ‘Utpala’, ‘Seven Graces’ and ‘Faces’, ‘Ma3ka’ too celebrates the female imagery. Once again, the dancer gives a human face to goddesses by combining the sacred and the worldly.

She explores a woman’s triumphs, angst, challenges and longings through the Supreme Trinity —Lakshmi, Saraswati and Meenakshi. The production also subtly touches upon the women in Anita’s family — her 95-year-old grandmother, who continues to influence with her traditional wisdom, her late mother’s support in the dancer’s multiple creative engagements over the years and her 22-year-old daughter, who wakes her up to the promises of tomorrow.

The strength of the spiritual and the inspiration of the mythological are undeniable but you instantly connect when the role models are real and closer. A reason why my productions are more about personal interpretations,” says the artist.

There are no storylines, just a string of thoughts and reflections. Revathy Sankkaran, with whom Anita shares a special rapport, is the narrator.

But what the multi-faceted dancer is most excited about is the young team of musicians and technicians that has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically on ‘Ma3ka.’

Anil Srinivasan, who has given a new sound to my new dance, has yet again come up with a fascinating music score. Viji Krishnan has provided some soulful violin tracks while K.S.R. Anirudha has composed an amazing percussion piece. Then there are Subiksha Rangarajan and multi-percussionist Darbuka Shiva. Lights, sets, costume, music, make-up, hairdo… every aspect is integral and well taken care of in my productions. It is a visually-stimulated world — what appeals to the eye often appeals to the soul too.”

As for movements, Anita will draw upon her training in Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Kalaripayattu, Tai Chi and yoga. “There is enough vocabulary in my body. But I prefer to invest my contemporary works with a primal meditativeness. They need to suit my age and thought process.”

Anita takes her own time to work on the productions (‘Ma3ka’ took two years) and does not worry about the outcome. She choreographs them in a manner that is personally convincing. “I strongly believe in being contemporary, but on my own terms,” she smiles.

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Excerpt from an article in The Hindu dated January 2, 2009

Double impact

Savitha Gautam

 

Two is company. Especially for some on whom the Margazhi spotlight has fallen over the years, be it in the field of music or dance. The Dhananjayans, the Reddys and Narasimhachari-Vasanthalakshmi have paved the way for many others to follow. The Margazhi Vizha has, over the years, thrown up some very talented pairs. Here are a few who have made a mark:

Narendra Kumar and Anusha: A show for ABHAI brought them together. “At least that’s the first time we noticed each other, though were both students at Bharata Kalanjali,” laughs Anusha. “I admired his choreographic skills and was too happy when he asked me to participate in ‘Kalinga Narthana’ thillana.” Narendra laughs when he remembers how he choreographed a Meera bhajan for the two of them. “Now, I do the scripting and concept, while he concentrates on choreography,” says Anusha. “The couple who ‘find joy in dancing together’ are in totally sync, on and off the stage.

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