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Lasyatarangini joins hand with Alliance Francaise to host Samavesh II
CHENNAI, January 4: In continuation of Samavesh 2011, Lasyatarangini, an online forum for Mohiniyattam, in tandem with Alliance Francaise of Madras, is organising yet another event. Samavesh II will begin here from January 7 and last till January 13.

Samavesh II will take one to the journey of Mohiniyattam over the years with a pictorial essay of the art form. It will also comprise talks and lecture demonstrations by eminent Mohiniyattam scholars and artistes.

The event will be inaugurated on January 7 at 11 a.m. at Alliance Francaise. Kalamandalam Smt. Kususm Gopalakrishnan will give the keynote address.

This will be followed by a lecture demonstration on Mohiniyattam by Guru Sreedevi Rajan and Smt. Smitha Rajan, daughter and grand daughter, respectively, of “Kalyanikuttiyamma”. The exposition on the paths traversed by the art form will be open from January 7 to January 13. There will also be talks on the various facets of the dance from January 11 to January 13.

The journey of music in Mohiniyattam will be explored on 11th morning with a lecture demonstration by Smt Nanditha Prabhu, daughter and disciple of Mohiniyattam exponent Guru Kalaratna Kalamandalam Sugandhi.

This will be followed by a talk by one of the senior most torch-bearers of Mohiniyattam, Kalamandalam Kusumam Gopalakrishna, who learnt in the premier institute for the dance form, Kerala Kalamandalam, during 1961 to 1963 while Guru Chinnammuamma was teaching the dance form. She will share her five decades of association with the dance form and memories of her encounters with the foremost Mohiniyattam pupil at Kerala Kalamandalam Smt.Thankamaniamma.

January 12 will see the global journey of Mohiniyattam by dancers Euginea Carillo from Spain and Anne Dietrich from Germany. Both of them have embraced Mohiniyattam, enamoured by the lyrical beauty of the dance.

This will be followed by the screening of a documentary by Bharati Sivaji, which shows the evolution of Mohiniyattam in the latter half of the last century. On the final day, January 13, there will be a lecture demonstration by Mohiniyattam exponent Smt Pallavi Krishnan, an alumnus of the two most reputed art academies, Shantiniketan and Kerala Kalamandalam. Her experiences with the dance at these centres of learning and with various eminent Gurus along her journey with the dance form will enrich the event. Her lecture demonstration, on “Journey of Mohiniyattam over the years” will be an apt finale to the week-long event.

Samavesh, the Mohiniyattam Collective, is supported by Upasana Foundation, Texas USA and Nrityasree Foundation, Palakkad. The Photo exhibition will be open from 7th to 13th January.

Venue: Alliance Francaise of Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 006. For details, call: 91 - 44 - 2827 9803