3 responses to Aim For Seva event “Nayani” on Oct 14th

  1. Stopping Traffic Downtown With a Subcontinent’s Movements
    Excerpt from: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/arts/dance/erasing-borders-festival-of-indian-dance-review.html?_r=0
    Last Wednesday’s performance brought a strikingly lovely Rukmini Vijayakumar, dancing both the Bharatanatyam idiom and a modern number. It also included examples of two unfamiliar but traditional genres, Mohiniattam (from Kerala in south India) and Manipuri (from the hills of north-eastern India). The slender, supple Vijayakumar has a stirringly beautiful face, with burning eyes that repeatedly catch the observer’s breath; and she makes those eyes part of the fabric of the dance.

  2. Friends:
    Finally I got the review of San Francisco Nayani show got completed and also made a trailer of that using multiple resources. Hope you all like it.

    Find below the review and the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2_mwwu8oOE

    ‘Nayani’ Dazzles at AIM for Seva Fundraiser

    Special to India-West
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The All India Movement for Seva held its first national fundraiser in the United States with “Nayani,” a stellar dance drama presented Sept. 8 by renowned Indian American dancer, model and actress Rukmini Vijayakumar’s Raadha Kalpa group.

    Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center auditorium, the event attracted more than 500 people and raised funds to support about 450 children in rural India.

    “Rukmini is not only a talented dancer but also a dedicated one,” Swami Dayananda Saraswati told the audience through a video recording. “So I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy the show and make it a success for AIM for Seva.” Since 2000, AIM for Seva has built 96 chatralayas (middle school boarding facilities for the underprivileged) in 14 states benefiting more than 30,000 students. Currently, more than 50 percent of charitable contributions supporting the project come from NRIs.

    “When Swami Dayananda Saraswati approached me with the idea of a fundraiser for AIM for Seva through Rukmini’s dance drama tour, I was excited,” Vijay Kapoor, coordinator of AIM for Seva in the Bay Area, told India-West.

    The Bharatnatyam-based dance drama began with a poignant tale about Lord Shiva’s intervention as a powerful archer when he saved the people from the wrath of Tripurasura by destroying the floating kingdom with a single arrow. As the kingdom went up in flames, Shiva smeared some of the ashes on his body, which found their way to earth. Wherever the ashes fell, a lingam arose. The forest of Amarkantak abounded with many such lingas. As the forests grew denser, the lingas were gradually forgotten with time.
    “Nayani” depicts the story a tribal girl whom the chief had found abandoned in the forest and took her home to bring up as his own.

    The Raadha Kalpa ensemble portrayed Nayani’s subtle nuances and the villagers’ reactions as she tried to fit in and yet remain different as a result of her divine calling to Lord Shiva. Vijayakumar’s supple demeanor complemented by her strikingly intense eyes brought Nayani vividly to life. “My mother, Vijaylakshmi Vijayakumar, had written this short story a couple of years ago,” Vijayakumar told India-West. “But it was not until I went on hike in Ranikhet that I was inspired to script it as a dance drama. And when Swamiji approached me a year ago with the idea of a fundraiser through dance, I was able to pull it together.” A certified pilates instructor, Vijayakumar is also an accomplished ballet and contemporary dancer.

    “I feel fulfilled in both art forms. It’s a misconception that Bharatnatyam is restricting due to its antiquity. I use its exhaustive pool of resources as a base and then embellish it with other classical theatrical elements,” Vijayakumar told India-West.
    In addition to the “Nayani” tour, Vijayakumar is working on a project called “Kochadaiyaan,” directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth, which follows her hit Tamil film debut “Bommalattam” with veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar.
    “Nayani” is one of the first Raadha Kalpa productions to tour abroad with a full ensemble. Parshwanath Upadhye, a “Natya Mayura” recipient and empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, plays the lead. He was supported by Pavitra Bhat, a national scholarship holder and gold medalist graduate with a master of fine arts, and Suhail Bhan, a Bharatanatyam exponent who was also a semi-finalist in “India’s Got Talent” and “Just Dance.” Shruti Gopal and Surabhi Bharadwaj, both masters’ students of fine arts, comprise the female cast led by Vijaykumar. “It’s a real treat to see such a wonderful performance,” Fremont resident Meena Kumari told India-West. “Even my 8-year-old daughter loved it immensely. I hope we get a chance to see more productions like this in the Bay Area which keep our cultural heritage thriving.”

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