Exploring it is;
Geeta Chandran (Earth – Prithvi) Bharatanatyam
Lata Surendra ( Water – Jala) Bharatanatyam
Shovana Narayan (Air – Vayu) Kathak
A .B .Bala Kondala Rao (Balakka) – ( Fire -Tejas ) Kuchipudi
Geeta Chandran began learning Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Swarna Saraswathy. In recognition of her vast and varied contribution to the form, she was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007. She is the Founder-President of Natya-Vriksha as well as the Artistic Director of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company. A ‘Top’ graded dancer at Doordarshan and at the ICCR, Chandran has been the recipient of both the Junior and Senior Research Fellowships from the Department of Culture, Government of India.
Lata Surendra has been a Bharatanatyam exponent, choreographer, curator and writer for over five decades and is a recipient of the Kalashree Puraskaram by the Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy. She is acclaimed for her creative choreographies that take dance beyond specific geographies. She is the Principal Trustee and Founder of Anjali Bharata Natyam Research Trust. She is a member of the International Dance Council, (UNESCO) and a recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Global Peace Ambassador Award by the Diplomatic mission.
Shovana Narayan is a Kathak exponent, performer, choreographer, researcher, organiser and author. She is the foremost disciple of Birju Maharaj and has been the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, among others. She has been a conceptualiser, creative director and choreographer of several international events including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 6th International Abilympics 2003 and Commonwealth Games 2010. Narayan established the ASAVARI Centre for Kathak which is credited with many path-breaking works.
A.B. Bala Kondala Rao, fondly known as Balakka, is an exponent of Kuchipudi. She is the prime disciple of Vempati Chinna Satyam and was also a faculty in his schools—Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai and Kuchipudi Kalakshetra in Visakhapatnam. She currently runs the Kuchipudi Kalaa Kendram in Visakhapatnam. She is an accomplished singer has been awarded the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award.
Nyasam is a map to our soul. Life is a mirror reflecting our inner world. We do not see the world as it is, but we see it as we are. The earthy skies, the baptising fires and the flowing stillness are about an inside-out journey, wherein we transform to the light we reach out with. Think of a time when we felt the most grounded and centred (earth), the most mentally clear (air), the most open-hearted (water) and the most creative (fire). That was most likely a time in our lives when we were most generous, open and willing to contribute to the well-being of other people.
Conceptualised by Lata Surendra.
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