Performance: Prakriti

Saturday, April 24 @ 6:00 pm CST
Monday, April 26 @ 6:00 pm CST

Choreographer & Performer: Anisha Rajesh
Venue: Vedika, Katy, Texas
Videography: Robert Land Productions
Music: Original Composition – Thillana; Ragam – Poorvi; Taalam – Rupakam; Composer – T. Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar
Music Arrangement for Choreography: Ramesh Babu
Vocal: Binu Venugopal; Mridangam: Ramesh Babu; Violin: Rejish Cheruvila; Flute: Sujith Naik; Edakka and Maddalam: K. P Unnikrishnan

Artist’s Statement: Prakriti is a Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) term that means, nature. In Indian languages, Prakriti denotes the feminine aspect of life forms. The movement vocabulary of Mohiniyattam dance from Kerala, India predominantly performed by women shows a close affinity to the landscape of its origin which includes the flowing river waters, the swaying palm fronds, the bobbing movements of waves in the ocean, etc. The presentation PRAKRITI is choreographed as an abstract piece that mainly draws from the vocabulary of Mohiniyattam inspired by the ecology of Texas. The choreography instills life into the piece as the dancer experience and interacts with the ecology around her. While the dance follows the abstract choreographic conventions in a non-traditional format, the movement patterns of the body and feet, the hand movements in connection with the movement of the body and feet predominantly portray the ecoscape of Texas.

Anisha Rajesh is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and research scholar trained in Indian dance forms Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam, and Kathakali. Originally hailing from Kerala, India, she moved to Texas in 2005. Anisha received her BA, B.Ed and, MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Kerala. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Institute of Journalism, Press Club, Thiruvananthapuram. She secured an MPhil in English Language and Literature with the highest distinction from the Institute of English, University of Kerala. At present, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Dance at Texas Woman’s University, Department of Dance, where she researches the practice and pedagogy of Mohiniyattam, a dance tradition from Kerala, India. Her teaching and research interests focus on Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Oral History, Archival Research, and Postmodern Historiography. Anisha also curates Texas Nachmo. &

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