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Rhythms in the Landscape: Sadir

Friday 28th June
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Akademi, in collaboration with SAMA Arts, presents a first-ever performance in Britain, showcasing unique selections from the court and salon Sadir dance repertoire from British India, performed by the compelling/delightful/ captivating dancer, actor, and noted scholar Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh.

Sadir or the invitational performances of the 17th to early 20th century Southern India, were given by highly trained, hereditary, professional dancers, and their musician troupes in the royal durbars and sumptuous salons of rajahs, nawabs and other wealthy sponsors, often including among their guests, the officers of The Raj or British India.

Using signature dances of the centuries-old repertoire, particular music forms and instruments, intricate gestures and clever verses, Swarnamalya will trace the journey of Sadir across several centuries, cultures and regions in a Salon-style performance. Drawing from rare and hard-to-obtain memoirs, the evening will reveal the rich tapestry of a Sadir dancer’s life beyond the courts, showcasing several celebrated dancers of those eras and the pieces they performed.

Urdu thumri, Parsi-Tamil and Telugu-English javali-s, topped with Carnatic Indian adaptations of Celtic tunes: witness an array of dance pieces that offer unexpected combinations of languages, literatures, musical styles and theatrical traditions, that formed an integral part of multicultural, cosmopolitan Sadir.

Once denied to them, Bharatanatyam dancers are eager to reclaim this exciting goldmine of their heritage, and Dr Swarnamalya, is one of the foremost amongst Bharatanatyam practitioners making this accessible to dancers and audiences with her performances and scholarship.

The performance will be followed by an exciting Q&A opportunity.

Introduced and Presented by Dr. Avanthi Meduri.

Presented by Indus Music and SAMA Arts, supported by Arts Council England.

Part of the Rhythms in the Landscape Festival.

Age Guidance
All ages welcome

£12 per person

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