An Evening of storytelling


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Yamini Reddy
(Kuchipudi Dance)

Dance is a form of worship, an antidote to pain, an exercise in healing, a conveyance for story and storytelling. Every culture has a story to tell, and the way they tell it is unique. Storytelling has been used to preserve culture, instill values, educate, and entertain. And throughout history, dance has proven to be powerful tool of storytelling, for the passing on of ritual and tradition or even forbidden secret knowledge passed down through generations.

Arising from man’s such need for storytelling is the art of Kuchipudi dance. Kuchipudi Dance tradition is a combination of Theater (Natya Mela) and Temple Dance (Nattuvamela) thus making it an unique form of dance which encompasses a rich tradition of storytelling. In its newest form Kuchipudi is a modern link to its ancient heritage.S ince Kuchipudi stems from Yakshaganas or Dance Dramas, Storytelling comes naturally to it. This production is a complete form of storytelling replete with characters, narratorions, episodes and dialogues, which gives it the ability to instantly absorb the audiences into its presentation.
Concept by Yamini Reddy Choreography by Padmabhushans Dr(s) Raja Radha Reddy

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Adviteeyam


“Ekam evadvitiyam”- “He is One only without a second.

‘Shivaya Vishnu Rupaaya,Shiva Rupaaya Shiva Rupaaya vishnave, Shivassya Hrudayam
Vishnor Vishnoscha Hrudayam Shiva ha’

(Vishnu is the heart of Siva and likewise Siva is the heart of Vishnu)
By
Yamini and Bhavana Reddy

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As the oldest religion still widely practiced today, Hinduism has taken different evolutionary forms where the modern devotee may be impervious to the roots or original intentions of certain philosophical works. Among the metaphysical debate has been the ranking of Shiva andVishnu creating different sects, Shaivism and Vaishnavism, where devotees of each have attempted to clarify a hierarchical order. Stories known as Puranas, associated with each deity carry conflicting information placing a particular deity at the forefront possibly due to each sects biases. Vishnu and Shiva have each taken on conflicting ideals and seem to influence a different aspect of a devotee’s life.

The conflicting roles of Vishnu and Shiva are in direct opposition and can be seen as a tension. However, this tension can be described as merely duality of the same spiritual spectrum. Shiva and Vishnu thus become the proper duality, the inner world and the outer world, the spiritual world and the material world, and mankind’s inherit need to unite the two.
Concept by Yamini Reddy. Choreography by Padmabhushans Dr(s) Raja Radha Reddy


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Shiva Leela

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Yamini and Bhavana Reddy


A duet production by Yamini and Bhavana Reddy ‘Shiva Leela’ brings to life the various stories of Lord Shiva through Kuchipudi dance. The song, is descriptive, highlights the wonder that is Shiva. Self born (Swayambhu), formless and yet so majestic when he appears as the cosmic dancer (nataraja). He is at once the protector and the destroyer, a manifestation of that power is the refuge granted to the young devotee Markandeya and the punishment accorded to Yama the God of Death. To protect the cosmic order of life, Shiva shows his power of endurance by consuming the poison that emerges during Amruthamanthana (churning for the elixir of life ). The song proceeds to delineate the other aspects of Shiv’s leela, his romantic marriage to Uma, and his fury let loose upon Kama and Tripurasura.

Finally Shiva’s supreme manifestation as NATESA – NATARAJA dancing at the Kailash mountains before a multitude of sanges, mortals and celestial beings. While the Gods and Sages rejoice, Lord dances his various adornments, swings in unison with the rhythm of his dance along with his consort Parvathi.
Choreography by Padmabhushans Dr(s) Raja Radha Reddy


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Antaram


Antaram is a dynamic Collage of Indian Classical Dance and theatre that celebrates the vibrant arts and crafts of India. Antaram by definition is that which lies within internalised intrinsic, it is mystique, feminine manifestations or attributes and Roopantaram is manifestation of that feminine power. The stories of strong feminine characters of Indian Mythology and history are rediscovered in a brilliant expose that reveals their inner psyche and thoughts onstage.

Conceived by Gopika Varma , produced by Krithika Subrahmanian ( Namaargam Dance Company) & Suhasini Maniratnam (Talent South) and collaborated with Yamini Reddy, Antaram is a collaboration out of a true love of the arts. In this production the southern Classical Dances of India (Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam) along with, Music, Theatre and multimedia come alive in a collage on stage.

The music scape for Antaram has been provided well known composers such A.R. Rehamn, Rajkumar Bharathi, O.S. Arun, D Sheshachari (Hyderabad Brothers) and Arun Gopinath.

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Harihara Dwaibhavam


An absorbing recreation of the ecstatic dances
of HARI (Vishnu) & HARA ( SHIVA )

choreohraphy by Padmabhushan(s) Dr(s) Raja Radha Reddy


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Established in 1976 by Padmabhushan awardees Raja and Radha Reddy, Natya Tarangini was started with an idea of popularizing Kuchipudi style of classical dance in Northern India. It has since evolved into a unique arts institute encompassing all activities involved in the formation of Arts and has set up a state of the Art performing Arts Centre in Pushp Vihar Saket, Delhi. Natya Tarangini currently runs branches in Gurgaon, Delhi and Hyderabad.

Natya Tarangini’s aim is to enlighten the general public on the importance of Dance and Music in the society. The institute is for anyone and everyone who is already interested or is keen on initiating themselves into the world of performing Arts. Over the years hundreds of students from across the globe have been trained under the Natya Tarangini banner.

The Natya Tarangini dance performances are very popular both nationally and internationally. The Natya Tarangini dancers are trained in the most professional standards under the guidance of Gurus of Raja Radha and Kaushalya Reddy. Their unique choreography and stylizing is supported by a group of highly competent dancers. The Natya Tarangini group has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals such as the Konark festival of Orissa, NCPA Mumbai, Khajuraho dance festival, Kakatiya festival etc. The Natya Tarangini repertory has toured Germany, USA, UAE etc. Acclaimed for its finesse in technique, choreography and presentation Natya Tarangini is acclaimed as one of the premier dance groups of the country
As a part of its endeavor to redefine and rejuvenate India’s rich cultural heritage Natya Tarangini organizes a National Festival of Music and Dance titled the “Parampara series”. The festival was inaugurated by Hon’ble President Dr Abdul Kalam and Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Natya Tarangini is putting forth its best efforts in the hope that the institution will prosper in every way and rise to the heights of fame so that it can provide the community a rich cultural environment they can be proud of.


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