Bharatanatyam by Deepak Mazumdar
Odissi by Rahul Acharya
An NCPA Presentation
Deepak Mazumdar is a performer, teacher and choreographer and one of the most respected names in the classical dance world for more than three decades. A ‘Top’ grade artiste of Doordarshan, Mazumdar has, over the years, carved a niche in the world of Indian classical dance and created an everlasting impression with his prowess in abhinaya. He has trained with Dr. Kanak Rele and studied rhythm under T. S. Kadhirvelu of Tirugokarna. He has honed his skills as a performer under Adyar K. Lakshamanan and Kalanidhi Narayanan. Mazumdar is the first male dancer to receive an MFA from Mumbai University in the field of Bharatanatyam. In 1978, he was a recipient of the National Scholarship for Dance. He has been awarded the Prabhu Pada Sampurna Kala Paksha by Bharti Kalakshetra, Sevabharti, and the Lifetime Achievement Award Nritya Bharati, among others. For the last 25 years, Mazumdar has been training students in the traditional teaching methodology and repertoire of Bharatanatyam at his institution, Shiladhish.
The performance focuses on the portrayal of Asura King Ravana’s life before his battle with Lord Rama. The unfolding demeanor of Ravana’s character from being an incomparable devotee of Lord Shiva, an uncompromising loving brother to Surpanakha, an unequalled scholar on innumerable subjects, an intuitive person to look through divine beings, becoming a tyrant that ends with defeat in the hands of Lord Rama, is remarkably portrayed. The audience will be compelled to see Ravana’s side of the story with compassion that enables them to see epics and their seemingly negative characters in a new perspective.
Rahul Acharya began his study of Odissi at the tender age of 4 with Guru Durga Charan Ranbir and continues to work with his Guru. He is also being trained in the theoretical and literary aspect of dance under the renowned Sanskrit scholar Pandit Nityananda Mishra. A ‘top’ graded artist of Doordarshan, Rahul was also the first male Odissi dancer to be honored with the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. Among other recognitions, he was recently awarded by the US Congress, House of Representatives and the California Legislative Assembly.
Internationally renowned as a virtuosic artist, Rahul has performed in countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, South America and the United States. He is an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and has received both Junior and Senior Scholarships from the Department of Culture, Govt of India along with a junior fellowship.
Shringari Nayaka are male protagonists and existentially connected with the nayikas, through shringara or love. They play an integral part in the natya parampara. In this presentation, Acharya has chosen the various aspects of the nayaka and his dalliances with his lover, exploring the rasa of love, shringara, being considered as rasa raja.
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