Bharatanatyam recital in Delhi: Tanya Saxena’s dance dedicated to Gods

  • Nikita Saxena, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 20, 2016 17:00 IST
Bharatanatyam dancer Tanya Saxena’s performance will comprise intense abhinaya and complex dance moves. (Navtej Singh)

Deities and their tales have for long inspired artists. One such artist is Tanya Saxena, a Bharatanatyam dancer who found inspiration from the tales of the Devas (Gods). The 24-year-old, who will soon perform in the Capital, will present a repertoire or margam choreographed by her gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan and Rama Vaidyanathan. She will be accompanied by Dr Vasudevan Iyengar on nattuvangam, K Venkateshwaran on vocal, Sumod Sreedhar on mridangam and Rajat Prasanna on flute.

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Saxena shares that there will be intense abhinaya (acting) and complex dance moves involved. “My performance has five pieces. The first is devoted to Lord Krishna, the next – varnam is devoted to Lord Vishnu, followed by padam which is again a piece devoted to Lord Krishna. The next piece is devoted to Lord Guruvayurappan, who is a form of Vishnu, and it is followed by the tillana, the traditional concluding piece to margam,” she says.

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Passionate about the dance form, Saxena adds: “I had started learning different forms of dance much earlier, and Bharatanatyam when I was 12. It not only hones your skill beyond dance, as there is abhinaya involved, but also brings joy to one’s life.”


What: Bharatanatyam recital

Where: India International Centre

When: July 29

Timings: 6:30pm onwards

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line

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