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Vilasini Natyam by Ananda Priya Foundation at Dr. Rao's ENT Hospital Auditorium

Hyderabad, December 6, 2017:AnandaPriya Foundation, in association with Dr. Rao's ENT Super Speciality International Hospital, Kukatpally organized an evening of 'VilasiniNatyam' by Ms. Pujita Krishna Jyoti. The artist kept the audience engrossed throughout her 60 minute performance. 

About Anandapriya Foundation:

AnandaPriya is a CSR initiative of RBC Worldwide - a brand management company. The Foundation's purpose is to support emerging artistes by broadening audiences for their work and fostering a climate that values and seeks understanding of the arts.

To this end, the Foundation supports talented performers / artistes in Indian classical music, dance and contemporary arts, facilitates performances and publishes world literature in the form of illustrated books for young adults.

The organization has played host to close to 20 acclaimed performing artistes over the last couple of years. 

About Dr. Rao's ENT Super Speciality International Hospital:

The Hospital is founded and headed by India's eminent ENT surgeon, Dr. GVS Rau whose professional experience stretches over 30 years and who has featured in The Limca Book of World Records for completing 20 Tympanomastoid ear surgeries in 12 hours.

Dr. Rao's ENT Super Speciality International Hospital has been born of the vision to create a truly global-standard ENT research, training and healthcare institution that brings the finest and the latest ENT healthcare to everyone.

Spread over a built up area of 47000 square feet in the prime location of KPHB in Hyderabad, Telangana, Dr. Rao's ENT is India's largest and best-equipped private ENT super speciality hospital. Its entire design and construction is as per NABH norms. 

About the Artiste - Pujita Krishna Jyoti:

A dancer and writer, she has had a diverse career spanning several areas such as media, films, journalism, community work, teaching and training. With a Master's degree in Fine Arts specializing in Dance from the University of California, Pujita has a multi-disciplinary background in dance. Her expertise is primarily in the VilasiniNatyam and Kuchipudi genres. She is a Doordarshan graded artist for Kuchipudi and has been noted for her achievements by various cultural forums and organizations. Her thesis 'Revival of VilasiniNatyam at Ranganathaswamy Temple, Hyderabad' has been published by Proquest, a prestigious academic publisher based in Michigan, USA.

Pujita began her training in VilasiniNatyam in 2006 under the tutelage of PadmabhushanSwapnasundari and Dr. AnupamaKylash. She was awarded the best performance prize at the 112th annual festival of the prestigious ParthasarthySabha in Chennai in February 2013. She was also a recipient of the UgadiPuraskar conferred by Dhanwantari Foundation, Hyderabad in 2014 and the IIDF award for VilasiniNatyam for 2016 by Samskruthi, an organization founded by Sri Shyamhari Chakra, a well-known dance connoisseur.

About the Recital:

The recital started with a traditional invocatory piece in MohanaKalyani,'VighnaVinashakara' which eulogises the big bellied god, Ganesha. The dancer described throgh well-crafted abhinaya, all his well-known traits and characteristics. The piece concluded with a typical set of movements that are unique to VilasiniNatyam known as the pandarayatu.

Next up was a Pallavi in AnandaBhairaviragam. This pure dance item that is part of the alaya tradition or ritual component of VilasiniNatyam opened with a 300 year old churnika, which describes how an offering of flowers of different varieties is served before Lord Vishnu. This piece has been choreographed by PadmabhushanSwapnasundari.

A Javali in Athanaragam, 'Aasapadakupora' followed. Pujita evocatively brought out the rusticity of this kuttcheriaata, or courtly tradition of the kalavantulu. The item ended with a burst of pure dance known as the gaptuvarasa, concluding once again with the pandarayatu.

Pujita concluded her recital with Parijatam, typical of the aatabhagvatam tradition of dance. The piece was choreographed as a composite of various dramatic elements, with dialogues, dance and song all centred on the character of Satyabhama, the embodiment of love. A compilation of several librettos written by different authors, the item included interesting segments such as slokabhinaya, chandradooshana and nakhashikhavarnana.

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