I bow to the wheel of six seasons
Cycles of birth and death
Each season bestows gifts
Enchanting our hearts
Bringing abundance to our earth
Inspired by Kalidasa’s 4th century Sanskrit poetry Ritu Samhara and Vivaldi’s 18th century work Le Quattro Stagioni, Ritu – The Seasons is an original Bharatanatyam work, exploring of the cycles of the seasons, and how nature and life form an intricate, interwoven web.
Ritu – The Seasons is performed by a cast of aspiring young Twin Cities Bharatanatyam dancers.
Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction – Suchitra Sairam
Music Composition – Jyothishmathi Sheejith
Sound Engineering – Sai Shravanam
Directorial Guidance – Dipankar Mukherjee
Poetry Transcreation – Meena Natarajan
Photo credit – Mohan Sengottaiyan
Ritu – The Seasons was made possible by support from the Knight Foundation and Friends of Kala Vandanam.
Bharatanatyam is the most popular and widely practiced classical dance style of India, with sculptural evidence dating back nearly 3000 years. A highly spiritual and dedicatory dance form, Bharatanatyam‘s roots go back to the Hindu temples of South India and moved from temples to theaters over time. The flexibility of the Bharatanatyam framework lends itself to traditional and contemporary themes. In its present form, Bharatanatyam is around 200 years old.
Suchitra Sairam founded Kala Vandanam in 2002, with the vision of sharing the beauty of Bharatanatyam through education, outreach and performance. Kala Vandanam looks to expand creativity within the framework of this exquisite dance form, retaining its roots while contributing to its evolution as a “living” performance art.
Kala Vandanam carries on the classic works by great masters from the Kalakshetra tradition, and creates new interpretations within the framework. The training philosophy at Kala Vandanam is based on the foundational values of learning and practicing the art with humility and joy, striving for excellence, and constructive introspection for both personal and artistic growth.