An evening of love lyrics, longing, contemplation , romance , music and dialogue to elevate the 5 senses, join the Nayikas to hear their stories!!!
Vividha Nayika will showcase different states (avastha) in a relationship of a Nayika (heroine) to her Nayaka (hero). The Ashta-Nayika classification (nayika-bheda) first appeared in Natya Shastra, a key Sanskrit treatise on Indian performing arts, authored by Bharata (dated between 2nd century BC and 2nd century AD). The classification is detailed in later works like the Dasarupaka (10th century), Sahityadarpana (14th century) and various other treatises on poetics as well as erotic Kamashastra texts like Kuttanimata (8th-9th century) based on courtesans, Panchasayaka, Anangaranga and Smaradipika. Keshavadasa's Rasikapriya (16th century) in Hindi, also elaborates on the Ashta-nayika.
Christina will be drawing inspiration from Notable medieval paintings such as the Mughal paintings, Ravi Varma's paintings and contemporary Artists that depict the various Nayikas and of course the poetry.
"I got an opportunity to watch Christina Prakanthan's Dance recital at the Melbourne Tamil Sangam. Her presentation was neat and aesthetic. Her facial expressions, hand gestures, and pure Nritta was filled with devotion" - Kalaimamni Nanjil Nadan (writer)
*Translated from Tamil