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    Dancer Ghirija Jayarraj has Something to Say—with dance, documentary and an exhibition

    Come Saturday, audiences can watch Indian classical dance in a new light. Something to Say, a production by Shastram, an Australia-based dance and theatre production company, is a contemporary take on classical dance forms. A fusion between stage and screen—a documentary will be screened that delves into the performers’ personal dance experiences and discusses how to take the art form forward—the event will have performances by artistes like Prateeksha Kashi, Shwetha Krishna and Christopher Guruswamy. There will also be discussions on social issues, culture and tradition, besides a photography and painting exhibition.
    Created by Ghirija Jayarraj—a Sri Lankan by birth who was raised in Chennai and Australia—it is a journey to discover her roots through dance. While the idea took root in Australia, it took discussions with foreign artistes and a performance in London before it found its way to India. “This has been a dream since I was 12. At an Indian Independence Day celebration in Australia, I saw a documentary that showed the grandeur and history of India. It struck me how big a part of Indian history classical dance is and I knew we could do so much more with what we have—create new work and experiment with the art,” says Jayarraj, 35, who founded Shastram. She believes that though people have high regard for the art form, they are afraid to delve deeper. “Ideally, I’d travel the West with my shows, but I chose Chennai because it is only dharma to show people here the ideas I want to take forward,” says the Melbourne-based artiste.
    Tomorrow, at 3 pm, at Chinmaya Mission Hall. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

    Preethi Ann Thomas

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