Sunday 4 November 2012, 7.30pm
by Dr Siri Rama and Jyoti Unni
The Substation Theatre
Admission: $25, available from the box office, contact 6337 7800 / firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an OpenHouse event
The dance recital Samvaada has been conceived as a dialogue between two ancient classical Indian dance styles, of Kuchipudi and Odissi. The two styles originate from neighbouring states of India, but are distinctive in many different ways; the basic posture and footwork, training methods, costumes, language of the lyrics, musical style, and the typical musical instruments used are all particular to
each of the styles.
Dr Siri Rama (Kuchipudi) and Ms Jyoti Unni (Odissi) are accomplished choreographers, teachers and exponents of these two styles. In this specially choreographed performance, they will present a series of items exploring the various facets of the differences between the styles. They will perform solos in their own styles, joint pieces set to music from each of the two styles, and a pure rhythmic piece set to traditional north Indian music. The highlight of the evening’s program is an imagined dialogue between two important female characters in the Ramayana, Sita, the virtuous wife and heroine, and Surpanakha, the seductress.