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“Ahimsa” Celebrating Gandhi with an evening of dance

Apr 8, 2019
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A Choreographic dance production by Aru Sri Art Theatre with eminent danseuse Rama Vaidyanathan On 22 March 2019 at 7 pm at Bishops college auditorium.

Celebrating 150 years of Mahatma-“Ahimsa”, a choreographic dance production blended together with thematic concepts using performing arts will be presented by Aru Sri Art Theater in collaboration with the High Commission of India, Colombo on March 22, 2019 at 7.00 pm at Bishop’s College Auditorium, Colombo 3.

Ahimsa – A doctrine of non – violence in Hinduism and Buddhism concerned with the sacredness of all living things and an effort to avoid causing harm to them.

Mahatma Gandhi practised and taught non-violence. Gandhi articulated a new and broader understanding of non-violence in two fundamental ways. For him non-violence was – refraining from physical harm, mental harm and loss of livelihood. Non- violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. It’s seat is in the heart and it must be an inseparable part in our being. Aru Sri Art Theatre has travelled widely performing at prestigious festivals around the globe and produced many legendary dance dramas and thematic production of high class value over more than a decade. This evening of dance items are specially designed to celebrate the Mahatma along with thematic concepts such as “The swan”, combining Damayanthi and swan lake story and beauty of martial arts using performing arts.

Rama Vaidyanathan, a leading exponent of Bharathanatyam from New Delhi will perform at the show. She is undoubtedly one of the most sought after artistes of her generation having carved a name for herself in the Bharathanatyam, a popular Classical dance form of India. She has trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the renowned guru Saroja Vaidyanathan.

Everyone who has seen Rama perform is stuck by her unique thought process and fresh approach to dance. While deeply routed in tradition she has evolved her own individual style without forsaking the core principles of Bharathanatyam. She brings to her dance a rare sense of devotion and dedication, which leaves the audience with a sense to spiritual fulfillment. Recently she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the highest award for artists from the Presidential of India.

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