Steps in Cadence

Mythili Prakash was five when she began learning the ropes of Bharatanatyam.

Written by Somya Lakhani | Published:September 29, 2013 4:57 am

Mythili Prakash was five when she began learning the ropes of Bharatanatyam. But the dancer believes that she entered the world dancing. “My mother used to practice when she was pregnant with me. So dance was a part of me even before I began training,” says Los Angeles-based Prakash. Known for her fast-paced rhythmic movements,31-year-old Prakash has performed across the US,Europe,Canada and India in the past. Today,she will perform in the city and conclude the three-day-long Bharatanatyam festival “Divinity Series”,which has been organised by Bharatanatyam exponent Jyotsana Shourie along with husband Deepak Shourie.

The festival,which began on Friday,also saw performances by Bharatanatyam dancers Rama Vaidyanathan and Meenakshi Srinivasan. Prakash,like the other two,will explore and interpret the meaning of “divinity” through her dance style. “For me,divinity is what reflects the core of your being,and dance explores that,” says Prakash,who follows the Thanjavur tradition of Bharatanatyam.

“Not only are they terrific dancers,they also bring variations in Bharatanatyam because of their training under different gurus,” says Jyotsana.

The festival aims at drawing a younger audience towards classical dance forms and the performances held on Friday and Saturday were streamed live on Facebook. “Every time someone spoke to me about Bharatanatyam,they would say that it’s monotonous. It used to really irritate me. Audience in Delhi mostly sees arangetrams that mark the beginning of a dancer’s career. I wanted to expose people to dancers who are at their peak,” says Jyotsana,who added that the festival may become an annual feature. “Divinity Series” is expected to be attended by BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,who may take some time off his schedule in Delhi to watch Prakash perform.

The performance will be held at Chinmaya Mission today from 7 pm to 9 pm. Entry is free

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