Chitra Visweswaran’s Anubhuti comes to Parramatta’s Riverside


On 30 May Soorya Australia is organising a fund raising dance event for the Sydney Sri Ayyappa Swami Centre. The show, Anubhuthi, will be at Parramatta’s riverside Theatre at 7pm.

Anubuthi was created at the instance of the Opera of France, who invited Smt Chitra Visweswaran to choreograph a production conceived on the foundation of the traditional margam format of Bharatanatyam. Kinetics of space, architectonical layers of interpretation bordering on the unexpected, aesthetics of form, sound and content, are explored to push the boundaries of conventional Bharatanatyam choreography.

Commencing with the celebration of the Hindu trinity, representing the cosmic acts of creation, preservation and destruction, Anubuthi goes on to unravel the mystic philosophy of Ardhanareeshwara / Ardhanareewshari, the multi moods of the multifaceted Shakti, as it engages with the search and realisation of the divine, Krishna, and culminates in a mood of ananda, bliss experienced through dance and music, thillana.

Presented by Chidambaram Dance Company, the professional performing repertory of Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts headed by Smt Chitra Visweswaran, Anubhuti is an experience in every sense of the word to every participant, the choreographer and viewer.

The performers include Arupa Lahiry, Sai Santosh Radhakrishnan, Jai Quehaeni Reddy, Gayathri Rajaji, Divya Shruti, and Sharmada Viswanath.

In Europe Anubhuti has toured Germany, France, Luxembourg, and in India Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum and Madurai.

Chitra Visweswaran is one of the leading classical dancers of India. She is also a choreographer and teacher. She started her own dance institution with the help of her husband R. Viswesaran, called ‘Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts’ in Chennai, in 1975. She has provided immense support and encouragement to the Indian classical dances across the world. Chitra has given astonishing dance performances in almost all the major dance festivals of India and has participated in foreign shows regularly.

Soorya Australia, which organises similar events in Australia, works towards “dissemination of Indian art and culture”.

Published in Indian magazine, Sydney

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