22 Jul 2022, Fri, 8pm
23 Jul 2022, Sat, 3pm & 8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Natyashastra is the text on dramaturgy which delineates eight emotional states, that the nayikas can go through,which are called the nayika Avasthas. These classifications pertain to the heroine’s characterisation, traits and mannerisms in relation to love and their interactions with the nayaka (hero). Other personal and social factors also influence and chart the behaviour of the nayika, which combined, creates a myriad of hues of the heroine in love.
Utilising a unique combination of bharatanatyam, kathak, narration and live singing, this performance delves deeper into each psychological state that underpins the character types of these eight classifications of nayika. The opening and closing dance sequences will focus on nritta (movement-based dance), while the majority of the production focuses of abhinaya (facial expressions). Through these various elements, this dance production aims to showcase the different states of the nayika and delve deeper into their diverse characterisation.
Key creative personnel
Dancers/Concept/Choreography – Ponnamma Devaiah and Sreedevy Sivarajasingam
Mentor – Dr Anupama Kylash
Music – Praveen D Rao
Narrator – Dr Lavanya Balachandran
Lighting – Daryl Soh
Mask-wearing is required for all indoor events.
Several roads around Esplanade will be closed from 3pm – 10.30pm, every Sat from 2 – 23 Jul, due to rehearsals for National Day Parade 2022. Read more
Dancer and choreographer Ponnamma Devaiah hails from Bangalore, India. She has had 25 years of training in bharatanatyam under Guru Smt Minal prabhu in the kalakshetra style and her legendary Guru, Dr Maya Rao, trained her for 12 years in both Lucknow and Jaipur Gharanas of kathak.
Being a professional dancer, she has performed all over India in prestigious festivals and travelled around the world. She was the Principal of the only choreography college of India for two years and also served as the Assistant Director of the Stem Dance Kampni, Bangalore. She is also trained in few folk dances of India and martial arts like thang tha and kalaripayatu.
She moved to Singapore in 2014 and since then she has been performing constantly and creating collaborative works with other artists. Her performances include Esplanade's Kalaa Utsavam from 2014 to 2016 and 2018 to 2019 as part of their children's production, as well as in the Raga series and da:ns festival. She has been working consistently as a dancer-choreographer to understand the relationship between kathak and Flamenco Sin Fronteras better through performances like journey of time by Flamenco Sin Fronteras and Anthar Agni by Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore. Ponnamma has been designing lights and Creating dance choreography to suit theatre productions. She was the official lighting designer for Dastak Hindi festival for four years.
Esplanade's Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts turned 20 years in 2021, and Ponnamma had the privilege of choreographing and dancing in the inaugural dance of the festival. She was also one of the mentors in the dance mentorship program presented as part of the Kalaa Utsavam festival 2021.
Sreedevy is a renowned dancer and choreographer in Singapore. Trained in Bharathanatyam at the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society, she is one of the founding members of Omkar Arts, a non-profit Arts organisation. She has performed extensively on TV, various Arts and dance festivals and several stage performances in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Australia.
She performed for " Viswa Prana" at Esplanade commemorating SG50 celebrations.
She has been a choreographer for the kids show at Kala Utsavam in the years 2021, 2019 and 2017. She staged “Aathi Antham Illai” a production which came out of IPAC mentorship in 2021 at the Esplanade Theatres as part of the Raga Series. Her students performed at the Rasa Dans Series in 2018 and 2020. Sreedevy was also mentor for the dance teams that performed in Kala Utsavam outdoor theatre in 2021.
She is also a sought-after choreographer for schools consistently producing stellar results at nationwide dance competitions and has been a performer and choreographer on the Tamil media in Singapore for the past 30 years. Formerly a TV producer with Vasantham, she had been the resident judge for a local dance competition on TV for over 10 years. She had also judged a dance competition on Malaysia's Astro Channel.
Sreedevy now runs her own dance school, and her students and company dancers perform widely at community events.
22 Jul 2022, Fri
23 Jul 2022, Sat
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