9 Dancers | 60 minutes
Rasa can mean mood or emotion, and nine have been identified in Hindu belief as the foundation from which all other human emotions emerge. In Rasa, these nine emotions – love, happiness, fear, sorrow, disgust, wonderment, anger, courage and peace – unfold in a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary movement, sound and inspiration. Contextualized within nine narrative episodes from the epic Ramayana, each emotion is elaborated through music, body and pure dance. The result is a production that seamlessly weaves together two experiences – the story of the Ramayana, and the portrayal of the moods themselves.
5 – 9 Dancers | 60 minutes
Indian classical dance is rooted in ancient tradition, yet its reach spans continents, breaking borders of culture, nationality, and aesthetics. Springing from these roots, Yaatra, or Journey, is an evening of traditional pieces and original choreography, all embedded in the foundations of the Kuchipudi dance style. Yaatra juxtaposes time-honored choreography with contemporary work, perfectly illustrating Kalanidhi Dance’s own journey through the ancient yet relevant world of Kuchipudi dance. The evening is united by the cultural threads that bind the dancers to their art while supporting their expansion into non-traditional spaces.
Nrityamaalika (Garland of Rhythms)
May be arranged as a Duet or Group | 30 – 60 minutes
Kalanidhi Dance presents Nrityamaalika, an evening of classical Kuchipudi in the dynamic and refined Vempati Chinna Satyam style. Structured in the fashion of a traditional Kuchipudi maargam (path, or format), the repertoire highlights the nuanced grace and pungent rhythms of Kuchipudi, all embedded in stories from Hindu mythology.
Live music may be arranged by request.
May be arranged as a Group or Duet | 15 – 30 minutes
Short performances of classical Kuchipudi Kalanidhi Dance is available for performances ranging from 15 to 45 minutes in length. Based in the traditional repertoire of the Vempati Chinna Satyam style, these presentations showcase Kuchipudi’s perfect blend of control and abandon, strength and delicacy.