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SAKHI by Vyuti Dance Company
May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Description- We, at Vyuti, are delighted to invite you to our showcase of Vyuti’s latest work – Sakhi – which premiers in New Delhi on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6.30pm at the Shri Ram Centre, New Delhi.
We have been working on this piece for about a year now, and it has successfully premiered in Bangalore in November and Chennai in December last year. We are thrilled to be bringing it to New Delhi this summer!
nāyikā nāyakena viyuñjyād api nāyikāyāḥ sakhyāṃ sakhyaṃ nityam
“No matter what occurs between the nayika and her man, the friendship between the nayika and her sakhi is eternally strong”
Simply put, ‘Sakhi’ celebrates friendship – the strong, reliable and interdependent relationship between the nayika and her sakhi. Examining the ashtanayikas, Sakhi takes you through each of the eight nayikas or heroines in their unique situations, demonstrating the importance and value of her friendship with her sakhi. The nayika can always depend on the sakhi’s friendship to share her joy, reassure her, protect her and comfort her in grief – regardless of how her hero has treated her or where he is.
Inspired by the format and structure of a varnam, Sakhi contributes significantly to the completion of Vyuti’s ‘margam’ or repertoire. Vyuti’s interpretations of an alarippu, jatiswaram and tillana have been watched and appreciated in several cities of India as well as internationally over the past two years. After so much focus on pushing boundaries within nritta or purely technique-based pieces, we were tremendously excited to bring a narrative element into our work. Still, with Sakhi, we have attempted to further push technical boundaries within Bharatanatyam through short jathis typically seen in varnams – using new methods of contact, interaction, lifts and floor work.
With new music, designed structurally by Aranyani back in August-September last year, but newly composed and sung by Sudha Raghuraman, Manohar Balatchandirane’s mridangam and G Raghuraman’s flute have all come together to bring a dramatically different musical feel to Sakhi, which we are excited to share with you all!
We will begin the evening with Vyuti’s Alarippu titled ‘Natyarambha’, and conclude with Vyuti’s Tillana ‘ Revati’, with Sakhi being the centre-piece of the performance.
Concept, Direction and Choreography : Aranyani Bhargav
Dancers: Aranyani, Atmica Reddy, Impana Kulkarni, Preeja Mahendran, Priya Kaul, Sanjana Prasad, Shruti Suresh and Tony Aloysius Pius
Music: Sudha Raghuraman, G Elangovan, G Raghuraman, M V Chandrasekhar, Manohar Balatchandirane and Aranyani
Light design : Sunitha MR
Costumes: Aloka D Souza
We look forward to your presence at Shri Ram Centre on May 2nd, and hope you will bring friends and family as well!
Aranyani and The Vyuti Team
Tickets for the performance are available on bookmyshow.
Date- 2 May at 18:30–20:00
Venue- Shri Ram Centre