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Samarpana - Chitra - A Kuchipudi Expression Of Tagore


Sun Sep 29 2013, 8:00pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre - Black Box, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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Amrita Lahiri is one of the foremost Kuchipudi performers of the younger generation today. Amrita combines the grace and light-footedness of Kuchipudi with a depth of emotion and attention to the aesthetics of movement and music.

Amrita performs a Kuchipudi repertoire based on the works of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. She starts with a pushpanjali and concludes with the Thillana, performing the dance-drama Chitrangada as the main piece of the performance.

Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse ....?

Chitrangada a warrior-princess stumbles upon Arjun, the famous hero of the Mahabharata. She offers herself to him, and is rejected. Realising that he is turned off by her manly ways, she prays to be transformed into a beautiful woman and their romance blossoms. However when the villagers need her as the saviour of the village, she transforms back to her real warrior self- and presents herself, as she is, to Arjun.

Amrita has selected certain songs, with musical interludes, to adapt the play to a solo Kuchipudi repertoire.