Na Maargam, a pathbreaking take on classical Bharatnatyam, debuts in the city today
Created by Chennai-based Krithika Subrahmanian, the one-of-a-kind Na Maargam weaves together poetry, music, dance and motion picture; making for a truly uplifting artistic experience. Created in December 2012, the show was performed to packed audiences in Chennai and has travelled to Mumbai and Pondicherry.
With a busy schedule as an architect, heading her own firm, Subrahmaniam makes time for her art between meetings and conferences. As does the rest of her troupe, which include businesswomen, chartered accountants, entrepreneurs and software engineers.
“The aim of the show is to help people reconnect with the child in them. As we grow older and get serious about our careers, we lose contact with our artistic side, be it painting, singing or dancing,” Subrahmaniam says.
Cocktail of sounds
The show will see the troupe perform against the backdrop of videos, and the stage itself will draw from the architectural styles of popular temples across the country. With a host of instruments like violin, flute, conch, nadaswaram, Bhutanese gongs, guitar, piano, keyboards, mridangam, edakka, chenda, rhythm pads, acoustic drums, bongo, melam and thavil lending their sounds to the musical score in carnatic and Western classical styles, the show will also see poetry readings of works by budding and well-established poets.
Inspired by Subrahmaniam’s guru, Padmashri Sudharani Raghupathi, performers include a troupe of seven dancers of the Tanjore school of dance and five theatre artistes from Unarviram, Chennai, who weave in and out of the production.
“People are not too keen to attend Bharatnatyam recitals as they think they’re very serious and predictable. But with Na Maargam we have attempted to break pre-conceived notions about the ancient dance form and aim to change the way it is perceived,” Subrahmaniam explains.
Entry free. 7pm. At Chowdaiah, Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Details: 9844085697
— Rashmi Rajagopal