Bharatanatyam by Malavika Sarukkai and Dance and Poetry by Alarmel Valli & Arundhathi Subramaniam
Alarmel Valli is a celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, internationally acclaimed for her ability to turn traditional grammar into subtle, deeply internalised dance poetry. Her dance, while rooted in the classical tradition, has been lauded as an undeniable language of self-expression that is dynamic and continuously evolving, able to connect with audiences across the board, from the specialist to the lay person. Having trained under legendary gurus, Pandanallur Chockalingam Pillai and his son Subbaraya Pillai, she has evolved a distinctive style of dance that has been described as “classical and yet contemporary, precise and poetic.” In recognition of Valli’s contribution to dance, in 2004, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. Malavika Sarukkai’s choreographies are known for the incandescent beauty of the classical language of Bharatanatyam and the energised articulation of a contemporary mind. Over the years, she has innovated boldly, adding several dimensions and interpretations to her choreographies and held her own as a solo dancer for nearly four decades. Sarukkai was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2002. She is also a recipient of Kalaimamani title from the Government of Tamil Nadu and several other awards including the Padma Shri in 2003. Arundhathi Subramaniam is a noted Indian poet, writer, critic, curator, translator and journalist. She is the award-winning author of twelve books of poetry and prose. She is a pioneer of Bhakti poetry. Subramaniam won the first Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry for her work When God is a Traveller.
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