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 Post subject: Sangeetham - an Indian summer festival of music and danc
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There can be little doubt that Indian music and dance rank as one of the wonders of the world and there will be a feast at Sadler’s Wells this September with six different performances.

The problem is how to choose. The ones that caught my eye are the santoor (a large variant on the zither or hammered dulcimer) and bharatanatyam concert on 20th Sept. and the dance rich final programme on 21st Sept.

Sangeetham - an Indian summer festival of music and dance

at Sadler’s Wells, London EC1

from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 September 2002

displays of artistry from some of South India’s best musicians and dancers

This first Sangeetham festival brings some of the best Indian musicians and dancers to London this September in a feast of a week which celebrates the ancient south Indian traditions of geetham (song), vadyam (instrument) and nrityam (dance). Sangeetham is presented by Professor Balarajan.

Over six nights there are recitals of Carnatic and Hindustani music along with performances of the grand dance genres of India’s south. Masters of these classical forms - such as musicians Mandolin Shrinivas, Sivamani and Karaikudi Mani - are joined by younger artists - such as dancer Malavika Sarukkai - whose innovation refreshes these traditions.

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MUSIC & DANCE Monday 16 September at 7.30pm
Music: Mangala Isai (Auspicious Music)
The festival begins with a recital of the oboe-like nadaswaram, often heard as a haunting accompaniment at weddings and temple rituals. Here it is played in ensemble with the thavil, an earthy and vibrant drum.

Dance: Bharatanatyam by Alarmel Valli with musicians
Alarmel Valli is a dancer of the Pandanallur tradition. She is known for the sinuous precision of her performance.

Music: Carnatic vocal by Anoorada Sriram and Sriram with accompanists.
This husband and wife duo are feted in India for both their classical and film music. For their UK debut they perform traditional Carnatic vocals.

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MUSIC Tuesday 17 September at 7.30pm
Music: Alai Osai (Waves of Sound) featuring Mandolin Shrinivas, Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and Sivamani
The music of these performers stretches from classic forms to the outer limits of improvisation in probably the most contemporary evening of Sangeetham. There are the sweet melodies of mandolin (Mandolin Shrinivas) and western guitar (Loy Mendonsa) and Shankar Mahadevan’s flamboyantly percussive vocals, both underpinned by the rhythms of Sivamani.

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MUSIC Wednesday 18 September at 7.30pm
Music: mohan veena/chitra veena played by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Vidwan Ravi Kiran
These performers play two delightful string instruments from, respectively, the north and south of India. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt plays the guitar-like mohan veena with both blinding speed and creamy legato while Vidwan Ravi Kiran’s playing of the chitra veena recalls the human voice.

Music: Carnatic vocal by Nithyasree Mahadevan with accompanists
Nithyasree Mahadevan adds his Carnatic vocal to the proceedings.

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MUSIC Thursday 19 September at 7.30pm
Music: violin/venu duet played by Professor T N Krishnan and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Prof. T N Krishnan is a violinist of the Carnatic tradition with a sixty-year career. At the midpoint of the Sangeetham festival, he duets with another master of melody, the flautist Chaurasia, in their UK debut. In a rare combination, they are accompanied by Karaikudi Mani on mridangam.

Music: Carnatic vocal by Dr Balamuralikrishna
This veteran has written film scores, devotional and orchestral works and books on music in a 65 year career. The state musician of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, his vibrant voice ranges wide.

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MUSIC & DANCE Friday 20 September at 7.30pm
Music: santoor duo by Pandi. Shivkumar Sharma and Rahul Sharma
The pristine style of Shivkumar Sharma is complemented here by his son Rahul Sharma, duetting on santoor. Their North Indian sound is accompanied on the tabla by veteran Ustad Shafat Ahmed Khan and Vikku Vinayakaram on ghatam.

Dance: Bharatanatyam by Malavika Sarukkai with musicians
Malavika Sarukkai brings her challenging voice to this south Indian dance form.

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MUSIC & DANCE Saturday 21 September at 5pm
Music: tala vadyam (percussion ensemble) led by Karaikudi Mani
Mridangam maestro Karaikudi Mani is at the forefront of the increasing popularity of ensemble percussion in south India. Here a mix of textures combine in flamboyant revelry, featuring tabla from the north with Ustad Shafat Ahmad Khan, chenda and thimila from Kerala with Mattanur Sankaran Kutty and Pallavur Kunju Kuttan Marar. Other South Indian percussion instruments to be heard include ghatam, thavil, kanjira and morsing.

Dance: Mohini Attam by Bharati Shivaji with musicians
Mohini Attam is a classical Keralan dance style inspired by the dance of the celestial enchantress. Bharati Shivaji is a pioneer in this field and her performances are notably graceful and expressive.

Dance: Bharatanatyam by Leela Samson with musicians
Leela Samson explores the technical possibilities of this dynamic sculptural dance form from Tamil Nadu.

Dance: Kuchipudi by Kaushalya Reddy with musicians
Dancer Kaushalya Reddy revels in the strict discipline and austere commitment of the dance style Kuchipudi from Andhra.

Dance: Sangamam
Sangeetham draws to a close with this Nritya-trayi, a celebratory trio combining the evening’s three dance styles, accompanied by a cornucopia of musicians.

Listings information

Sangeetham is at Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN. Box office 020 7863 8000 or book online at www.sadlerswells.com. Performances at 7.30pm from Monday 16 to Friday 20 September and at 5pm on Saturday 21 September. Tickets from £10 to £45.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2002 3:20 pm 
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Late announcement

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Sangeetham

Special Tickets for Children and accompanying parents

Monday to Thursday

£8.00 per ticket

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A brief word to commend the remaining concerts in "Sangeetham" to you. These form a showcase of Indian dance and music of the highest quality, but with artists who are prepared to push the boundaries of the art forms rather than treating it merely as static heritage.

On Monday I saw Alarmel Valli delight the audience for over 90 minutes with her solo bharatanatyam dancing. Valli uses great poetry as a source for her choreography, which I'm told is unusual. Her explanations before each section illustrating the meaning of the hand gestures were very helpful. I found her style to be fluent and accessible for Western audiences with strong, centred control and precise jumps. Best of all were her glorious hands, fluttering like birds, illustrating meandering rivers and suggesting anguish. If i had one caveat it would be that 4 of the dances demanded a lot of smiling that became a little wearing. Thus the piece about a desolate love affair and the angry defiance that followed stood out for me with its different range of facial expressions.

There are two more days of performances with more bharatanatyam and a santoor recital tonight (Friday) and a mix of dance styles tomorrow evening. Full details in the first post in this topic.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2002 3:26 am 
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Some lovely descriptions from Donald Hutera:

Sangeetham
by Donald Hutera in The Times


ALARMEL Valli, you sense, is not only an intelligent, highly focused bharata natyam dancer but a formal personality who saves her vivacious side for dancing. Her concert launched Sangeetham, a festival of Indian classical music and dance that continues until tomorrow.
With expressive eyes and a big smile, Valli was too high-tempered to remain in traditional temple-statue poses for long. Valli’s movement language is quick and densely mimetic: tight little neck rotations, meaningfully splayed fingers and a twist of outstretched arms, a sassy sashay or light bounding leaps.

In one piece Valli embodied both sensual and sacred yearning for Shiva, lord of the dance. Imagine a religion that satisfies the soul without denying the pleasures of the flesh. Valli played it as a post-adolescent romantic fantasy with spiritual dimension and depth. Her crush on Shiva was elevated to a higher plane.

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