Pravãha - the journey of cloud, rain and river
Pravãha is an original dance-theatre production conceived and choreographed by Sheejith Krishna. Inspired by the rich lyricism of classical poetry on the iconic river Ganga, Kalidasa's Meghadutam (cloud messenger), and other traditional and modern stories on the many forms of water, the work uses the historic physical, spiritual and cultural significance of water as a lens to explore the complex relationships between human beings and nature.
Pravãha depicts the dance of water through its cycles of existence. The journey of cloud, rain and river become metaphors for the flow of creativity and the dance of the human spirit at one with nature. In tracing the story of water back to the origin of life on the cosmos, Pravãha highlights how human response to nature has evolved over millennia.
Pravãha takes us on a journey of confluence and birth, connection and balance, division and destruction, rebirth and rejuvenation. Emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living things, the dance explores humankind's greatest challenge today: saving our rivers and lakesperhaps our most precious natural resourcesin order to preserve and protect our fragile ecosystem.
Featured Artist Sheejith Krishna Bio:
Sheejith Krishna studied, then taught, at the world-renowned institute for the classical arts in Chennai, India, the Kalakshetra Foundation, for 21 years (1989-2010). Now an independent artiste and choreographer, he has learnt Bharatanatyam, percussion, and vocal music from such stalwarts as Sarada Hoffman, Vikku Vinayakaram, and S. Rajaram. Among several full-length ensemble productions, he choreographed and directed for the Kalakshetra Repertory in 2007 the innovative Masquerade, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's Man in the Iron Mask in the idiom of Bharatanatyam, to critical and popular acclaim. Winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi's prestigious Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2007) and the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's Yagnaraman Award for Excellence in Dance (2010), he continues to perform as a lead dancer with the Kalakshetra Repertory's productions while choreographing his own solo and ensemble productions. He has conceptualized and designed dance/dance theatre works for eminent artists in India and abroad, and most recently choreographed the dance sequence for Oscar-winning Ang Lee's 2012 film, Life of Pi. Sheejith is the founder and director of the Sahradaya Foundation (www.sahradaya.org).
Accompanying Sheejith Krishna are 3 distinguished male dancers from India - Nidheesh Kumar, Sreenath Nair, and Season Unnikrishnan and 3 outstanding female dancers from Los Angeles - Tharini Shanmugarajah, Anjana Pathmarajah, and Monisha Jayakumar
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center - Ebony Repertory Theatre (View)
4718 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
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