Atta Galatta presents A Bharatanatyam presentation by Karuna Sagari
Atta Galatta | Bangalore |
Mar 15 | 6:30 p.m.
Ends on: Mar 15
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"Hues of Bhakti" - A Bharatanatyam presentation by Karuna Sagari
Devotion in India has stood in harmony with the idea of the personal God and the Universal Energy beyond names and forms, Languages and regional cultures provide myriad flavours in the way they treat the Divine.When Bhakti is a shared path, journey of every devotee is individual. The evening of Bharatanatyam will explore various hues of Bhakti throught he poetry of Sundarar, Adi Shankara, Basavannah and Poonthanam in Tamil, Sanksrit, Kannada and Malayalam.
About the artist:
Karuna Sagari Venkatachalam is a classical Bharatanatyam dancer initially trained by her mother, Dr. Neela Venkatachalam. She graduated with honours from the world-renowned performing arts institution, the Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, in 2008. For 10 years, outstanding choreographer, Sheejith Krishna guided her in her pursuit of this dance form. Currently, she is under the mentorship of veteran danseuse, Malavika Sarukkai. She holds a Masters degree in South Asian Studies from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and a Masters degree in Tamil from Annamalai University.The inheritor of a rich oral-matrilineal legacy in poetry and music, Karuna Sagari received rigorous, in-depth instruction in bhakti spiritualism, poetics, and performance from her
grandmother, Smt. Swarna Somasundaram, an esteemed scholar of classical and medieval Tamil literature.
Karuna Sagari’s talent in choreography has been recognised by many stalwarts in the field. Her work into ancient Tamil works such as Tevaram, Tayumanavar, Kambaramayanam and Manimekhalai have shown imagination and depth.She has performed in many prestigious venues in India and abroad.
Karuna Sagari is the founder of Bhakti Natya Niketan (BNN) an institution which offers Bharatanatyam classes for students of different ages and levels in the Kalakshetra style in the organic pedagogy devised within BNN. In line with Karuna’s belief that Bharatanatyam need not be considered an elitist art and that this art form can be made available to everyone despite financial status in both the city and rural areas. BNN has taught in Vidyavanam, A school for tribal and underprivileged children, Anaikatti for 11 years
Karuna is an Aikya Awardee (2013) presented with the title, ‘Women defending our Culture’ by Global Adjustments. She has been awarded with the Vasantalakshmi Narasimhachari Talent endowment award by the Narada Gana Sabha (Aug 2011). She is an ICCR Empanelled artist.