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Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Show celebrating swaras (music notations) and nritya (pure dance) to take place on March 29.

Natya Ananda is an institute of art that supports, promotes and propagates various art forms and artists. Its main focus is the dance style of Bharata Natyam in the context of holistic development of the individual.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Verushka Pather, artistic director, will present Swarnritya as an extension of the Consulate General of India’s community-building projects and outreach programmes.

Swarnritya celebrates swaras (music notations) and nritya (pure dance) and features seven Bharata Natyam students from the Geetanjali Academy of Arts in Port Elizabeth.

The programme also features esteemed artists, Shri Mahesh Narotam on flute and Shri Vishen Kemraj on tabla who will offer a classical recital exploring the beautiful emotions of ragas.

Flautist Narotam has respect for both eastern and western music. He has studied with respected gurus such as Jerambhai Bhana and Deepak Ram, and accompanied many acclaimed artists in South Africa, among them Durban artist Pregalathan Singaram and Verushka Pather, in classical programmes. His two daughters are Bharata Natyam graduates and his son is also an accomplished musician, who accompanies him on tabla for music programmes.

Swarnritya will be presented at The Hindu Centre on the Westville campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on March 29 at 17h00. Entrance is free.

More information from Verushka Pather on 031 403 6469.