The Story

Antaram

“You must understand the whole of life, not just one part of it. That is why you must read, you must look at the skies, sing and dance, write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life” – J Krishnamurthy

Antaram is that which lies Within. Internalised. Intrinsic
It is mystique, feminine manifestations  or attributes.
Roopantaram is manifestation of that feminine power.
It explores the distance between form and psyche.

Conceived by Gopika Varma and produced by Krithika Subrahmanian of Namaargam Dance Company and Suhasini Mani Ratnam of Talent South.

It is a collaboration out of a true love of the arts. Classical Dance, Music, Theatre and Technology come alive in a collage onstage in this presentation.

Vasavi, Kannagi and Andal – legendary native women from the South of India who attasined divinity, aptly infuse divinity in their character within( Antaram ) . In exploring their  life story the  attributes of Devi  or the powerful divine feminine form is revealed. Rhamba emerges as the culmination of feminine aspirations in liberation.

Vasavi of Telengana  is danced in Kuchipudi by Yamini Reddy. Gnanashakti is manifest as she is an intellectual social relevance for knowledge and grow the mind by renouncing the body .

Kannagi is danced in Mohiniattam by Gopika Varma. Full of Valour, Veeram she embodies the Kriya Shakti  or capacity to Act purposefully with dynamism - physical energy to accomplish and prove. She is revered as Attukal Bhagavathi Amman of Kerala.

NaMaargam 2014

The current season of NaMaargam has 7 performers. The production has been rechoreographed with theatre and high energy dance sequences played onstage against a cinema of high aesthetic values. Violin, flute, conch, nadaswaram, Bhutanese gongs, guitar, piano, keyboards, mridangam, edakka, chenda, rhythm pads, acoustic drums, bongo, melam, thavil etc are part of the grand orchestration which is highly pluralistic and innovative. The stage based on the architectural settings of spectacular temples in different moods create dynamic dimensions to the show. The dancers are led by Krithika Subrahmanian and from prominent dance schools of outstanding artistic lineage. In the current season, the production drew a viewership of over 4500 persons in 5 shows at Pondicherry, Chennai and at Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai.

NaMaargam 2013

The production was premiered with 4 dancers in the Annual dance season December 2012 at The Music Academy Auditorium in Chennai and drew a viewership of over 4500 persons in 2 shows at Chennai and one in the Festival of Dance Mamallapuram the first season. A highly pluralistic dynamic representation of the quest of people for joy and peace. The dynamic orchestration of over 29 artists is unique and the cast emotes by exploring the arts - music, dance, poetry and theatre. The production was popular and well received by media, art lovers, students and working professionals who don't usually attend such events out of "fear of classical arts". The web media and web cast was viewed favorably by over 8000 viewers.

Andal of Tamil Nadu is performed by Krithika Subrahmanian in Bharatanatyam. Ichha shakti or the capacity to envision and achieve the ideal is manifest. Bhakti Shringara or devoted love, characterises this manifestation of Bhudevi. A source of rich fullness in all aspects enriching life itself.

Rhamba entombed in Karnataka is enacted by Suhasini Mani Ratnam. As the consummate woman she embodies the dynamism and strength of these iconic characters. Her theatrical presentation of poetry, song and script will weave through the production and translate as the contemporary embodiment of Shakti, the universal energy . She weaves the characters from history with the present day women.

ANTARAM will be an evening which promises packed action that would indeed bring people in the audience and the dance forms closer!!!

NaMaargam Knot the path - A Multidimensional Classical Extravaganza

NaMaargam is a Contemporary Classic – a concert that draws viewers of all age groups and appeals to them irrespective of nationality, religion, profession or inclination. It is a Celebration of humanities journey towards a higher spiritual consciousness.

A lifelong exposure to performing and creative arts and constant practice of the traditional styles of dancing / music gives constant renewal of energy from within to approach the pressures of entrepreneurship in today’s environment.

In this unique dance presentation, creative synergy discovered the possibilities of interpreting various spiritual practices and energy sciences such as Reiki, Pranic healing synergized with classical dance, taichi, modern dance and essential religion in a succinct and concise ballet.

The concept ensures that the Classical art form Bharatanatyam is moved into the perspective of highest operatic performances world wide.

NaMaargam is complemented by a highly innovative and original soundscape that is created on a 16 track digital technology.

Dance and music, rhythm and words – all come together in a choreography that celebrates, experiments, exults and looks for the deeper meaning of the pure consciousness.