The epic Mahabharata
is fascinating as the story has many layers to it-- sub texts, sub plotsâ€¦
Whilst there are many popular characters that come to mind immediately when
we think of this great epic, there are other characters that play a significant
role but are relatively unsung. One such character is that of Amba, who
we should say (after intense research), is almost as important as Draupadi.
Amba is the proverbial Woman Scorned, but the one who had the guts and gumption
to fight back and get even in a Manâ€™s worldâ€”in his own language. What fascinates
one is that issues of gender-change and homosexual marriage-important issues
of today-were dealt with eons ago in the Mahabharata!
The presentation deals with the story of Amba Shikhandi as it unfolds in
the Mahabharata of Sage Vyasa with references from Villi Bharatham, Sekhizhars
Periya Puranam , Bharatiyarâ€™s works and from the Tamil play titled Pani
Thee, by Dr. Mangai.
Priya Murle is a senior disciple of Padmashri Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy.
Intense training and commitment to the art form have marked Priyaâ€™s career
in Bharatanatyam. Priya has a multi- dimensional approach to Dance. A performer,
a choreographer and a teacher, she has also a keen interest in Music, Nattuvangam
and Sanskrit. She has done research in the field of Aesthetics and has worked
on the Rasa theory. She has numerous performances in and outside India,
to her credit. She has attended workshops in Kalari, Taichi and has also
undergone training in Therukoothu. Priya has several awards and titles to
: Natya Rangam
Research And Guidance : Dr. Prema Nandakumar
Guidance : Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy Dr. Rama Kausalya
Assitance : K.S.R. Anirudha Sashirekha Balasubramaniam
Music : Nandini Anand
Jathi-s : K.S.R.Anirudha
Orchestra : Nandini Anand , Srikanth - Vocal Roja Kannan
- Nattuvangam K.S.R. Anirudha - Mridangam