FRIDAY REVIEW

Salute to Tamizh

INNOVATION: Madhuvanti and Vineet

INNOVATION: Madhuvanti and Vineet  

The Natyam Trust's latest production, `Tamizh,' will be premiered at The Music Academy on October 2, 7 p.m. "It is more of a thanksgiving to the Tamil land, that has given us so much," says Madhuvanti Arun, choreographer and director of the show. `Tamizh' will be an aesthetic amalgam of the art, culture and religion of the people down South traced through Tamil film songs from the days of `Avvaiyar' to `Chandramukhi.'

"The concept, research and writing are Arun's," says Madhuvanti. Being the grandson of yesteryear stalwarts in acting, Gemini Ganesh and Savitri, Arun has a natural flair for artistic pursuits. Professors from the University of Madras have helped him on the research front. From what you gather, `Tamizh' will showcase samples of our social history with a dance drama, religious history with the highlight on the Tamil deity Lord Muruga, literature through Thiruvalluvar, the Azhwars, Subramanya Bharati and Kannadasan and sculpture in the Bharatanatyam format. And all these using Tamil film scores.

Actor Vineet, a trained classical dancer, will share the stage with Madhuvanti for `Tamizh.'

"Vineet and I are from the dance school of Padma Subrahmanyam and so we decided to team up for this show," says Madhu. The troupe will tour the U. S. for three weeks in November presenting `Tamizh.'

"We also want to take the production to every nook and corner of Tamil Nadu. If the Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram helps us in our endeavour, there would be nothing like it," she says.

The event spells innovation when she explains that it has been conceived as a mixed media presentation — power point presentations and large screen images to which the pair on stage will dance in tandem should add flavour to the show. It has been two months of toil for the team as a whole.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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