"Rajika Puri" tag
Polina Semionova in La Bayadère.© Yan Revazov. (Click image for larger version)

Staatsballett Berlin – La Bayadère (premiere of Ratmansky reconstruction) – Berlin

★★★★✰   In the last several years, the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has developed a sideline to his main choreographic efforts: the reviving of ballets by Marius Petipa in a way that represents the original choreography with as much fidelity as possible…

Neena Prasad.© Siva Prasad Thekkilematam. (Click image for larger version)

Neena Prasad – Dancing the Gods festival – New York

★★★✰✰   Mohiniyattam is known as the “dance of the enchantress” – it is extremely feminine and flowing, and devoid of the rhythmic attack and angularity that makes some of the other dances so exciting…

Mythili Prakash.© Jorge Viscera. (Click image for larger version)

Mythili Prakash & Sanjukta Wagh – Dancing the Gods festival – New York

★★★✰✰   The Dancing the Gods festival, presented by the World Music Institute and co-curated by the dancer and scholar Rajika Puri, is a reliable place to see good, and sometimes great Indian classical dance.

Rakesh Sai Babu in Dandi.© Darial Sneed. (Click image for larger version)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – New York

But the highlight of the evening—in part because of its novelty— were the two dances performed by Rakesh Sai Babu, the young male dancer specializing in the much less familiar Chhau dance style…

Rahul Acharya.© World Music Institute. (Click image for larger version)

Rahul Acharya, Vidhya Subramanian, Shambhavi Dandekar and Janaki Rangarajan – Dancing the Gods – New York

In New York we are lucky to see quite a bit of Indian classical dance. The local crowd has developed a taste for it, and thus has been spoiled with some memorable performances…

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