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Monday, 5thNovember 2012 at 6:30 pm
 
Event Title: Rain, a Mohiniyattam Production
 
Description: A Mohiniyattam production by Vijayalakshmi inspired by the the book of poetry, Rain by Sudeep Sen
 
Chief Guest: Shri Suresh Neotia, Trustee IIC
 
Venue: Rose Garden
Credits:
Adaptation, Choreography, Direction, Music Design: Vijayalakshmi
Poetry/Narration: Sudeep Sen
Artistic Director: Sara Baur-Harding
Music Arrangement: Mac Quayle
Expert Consultant: Bharati Shivaji
Dancers: Vijayalakshmi, Deepti Nair, Priya & Samrita Menon
Singers: Sadanam Radhakrishnan,  F. Wasifuddin Dagar & Vijayalakshmi 
Musicians: Kalamandalam Sreekumar, Shyamal Bhaskar, V Raghuraman, Jayan Das, Rajat Prasanna, Sayeed Zafar Khan &  Mohan Shyam Sharma
Set Design: Naresh Kapuria
Lighting: Sandeep Dutta 
Studio Recording/Narration: Shammi Narang, Studio Pindrop
 
 
   
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In Sudeep Sen’s critically-acclaimed book, Rain, evocative art by leading contemporary Indian artists acts as both a leit-motiv and antithesis in the overall narrative fabric. In to this text, Mohiniattam, the south Indian classical dance form, will be woven in to create yet another layer, further enriching the poetic and visual tapestry of Rain. Perhaps what is most poignant and significant is that the form, vocabulary, and idiom of Mohiniattam is very suited to express the metaphor of rain. The dance form, much like rain, has an inherent fluidity, which through its languorous movements will convey, innovate and interpret infinite emotions and moods. Original composed music will accompany the production — the musical range that will include Carnatic, Dhrupad, Bengali folk, Rabindra Sangeet, Western and world music. And what can be a more appropriate and evocative backdrop for the dance form and rain than Kerala and Rabindranath Tagore’s Bengal — lands synonymous with water and monsoon greens.
 
Sudeep Sen [www.sudeepsen.net] is widely recognised as a major new generation voice in world literature and ‘one of the finest younger Sudeep SenEnglish-language poets in the international literary scene’ (BBC Radio). His prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins) and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor).He is the editorial director of aark arts and the editor of Atlas.
 
 Vijayalakshmi
Acknowledged as one of the leading exponents of Mohiniattam today, Vijayalakshmi strives to take Mohiniattam to higher levels by constantly exploring uncharted territories and expanding traditional boundaries through innovative choreographies inspired from a pan-Indian and global perspective.
 
Bharati Shivaji
Renowned Mohiniattam Guru, Padmashree Bharati Shivaji has played a significant role in the reconstruction of the dance form, revitalizing its repertoire and expanding the parameters of its technique and idiom.
 
Sara Baur-Harding
Los Angeles based Sara Baur-Harding is an artist and documentary filmmaker who is in her element when documenting culturally unique forms of expression and getting relevant stories out into the world through the Topanga Film Festival, the Topanga Institute and the Topanga Channel.
 
Mac Quayle
Los Angeles based Mac Quayle is an award-winning composer, producer, re-mixer and multi-instrumentalist who has contributed to a number of films and hit television shows and has created music for some of the world’s leading recording artists, including Madonna, Beyonce and Sting.
 
Naresh Kapuria
Primarily self taught, Naresh is a painter, sculptor, installation artist, designer, producer and curator.

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