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A case of possession by love

first_imgThis April, love will linger in the erotic colours of charming bodies when Ramli Ibrahim, a celebrated Malaysia dancer and Odissi exponent will perform a unique contemporary Odissi presentation at Kamani auditorium on April 6 at 7 pm. ‘Amorous Delight: A case of possession by love’, organised by Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and Sutra Foundation depicts the delight and frustrations, the sensuous charms and mad intoxication, the anguish of union-separation of the complex gamut of the sense of belonging and not belonging, found in this human obsession, called Love, in an intense poetic language of the body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf With dance composition and artistic direction by Meera Das and Ramli Ibrahim – Amorous Delight – derives its inspiration from ‘Amarushataka’, the ninth century anthology of hundred Sanskrit couplets, all based on ‘shringara rasa’ in which love lingers in the erotic contours of charming bodies. The ‘Amarushataka’ had been illustrated by Indian chitrakars (traditional painters) over centuries from different parts of India. The visual images rendered in palm-leaf (pothi) of the medieval ‘Sharanakula’ palm leaf master (his name was never known) of Nayagarh district, Odisha, were some of the most beautiful and artistic of these rare illustrations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShobha Deepak Singh, Director, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, says, “The work is refreshingly different and sufficiently ‘controversial’ to tickle everyone’s senses and curiosity. The focus is on the ability of the dancers to impart a sensuous atmosphere evoking the subtle nuances of love and its many splendored settings. The work is contemporary within the matrix of traditional subject matter and Odissi.”What makes this staging particularly exciting is the added creative input of Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Malaysia’s fashion mogul and designer to the region’s celebrities, royalty and high society mavens, who will be giving the production an alluring new look in terms of its costume design. The lighting design by Sivarajah Natarajan invites the audience to a ravishing visual feast of the highest order. As a teacher of Bharatanatyam and Odissi, Ramli has groomed some of the finest dancers, who have emerged from Malaysia and at the same time placed Indian classical dance in the context of the Malaysian experience. As Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre, which he started in 1983, Ramli Ibrahim has always envisioned his creativity as a holistic universal experience, one that transcends all cultural boundaries. Says Ramli Ibrahim, “True to the spirit of creativity, ‘Amorous Delight’ points to a creative eclectic future while reflecting (but not absconding from) the past. The intimate, intense and timeless visions of love have continually inspired painters to express themselves in literature, visual and performing arts since ancient times.” With no systematic story-line of the lover and the beloved; in each rendition, the verses of Amarushataka allude to new images of the pleasures and sorrows of love in its multitude of shades and settings. Each lyrical poem, complete in itself, enshrines in cameo-like images of various fleeting emotions, moods and attitudes, couched in language and imagery, which conjure up magical voluptuous beauty and charm.last_img read more