a dance theatre solo by Anita Ratnam
Many faces of Feminine Divine
- Mark Jacobs, The Hindu, 7 Feb 2019
Anita Ratnam concluded with her fresh perspective that characteristically redefined the boundaries of Bharatanatyam.
- Redefining boundaries by Kumudha Bharahram, The Hindu, February 7, 2014
A woman of many talents, Anita Ratnam (who I fondly call Anita Akka)
presented excerpts from her choreographic work Ma3ka. The red costume,
the music, and that expressive face - enough said. She stunned the
audience with her presence on stage.
- Masoom, Art Manager, Nritarutya (a dancer, a physiotherapist and a novice art reviewer)
Daughters of an Ocean
Anjana Rajan, artindia.net, March 25, 2011
To capture the essence of the
Divine Feminine, to communicate Her Infinity, to portray
Her myriad forms and moods, requires rare
courage, penetrating insight and intense devotion.
Anita combined these qualities with her profound
knowledge of not only the movement arts, but also the
literary and the aural.
unexpected satirical rendition of the modern and contemporary
woman was the culmination of another trajectory,
circling into completion the attempt to connect
with the Goddess. This performance - discussion was
an unparalleled method of understanding "HER and
BLISS" through chapters.
Read the entire article
- Jnanapravaha Quarterly Newsletter Jan-Mar 2011
Talks to Devi Ravi
- sydhwaney.com, July 2010
"Every performance of mine is different
& unique. I can proudly say that they have never been done before."
and interesting tribute to women...
- Swagat, May 10, 2010
shows the moves
- Radhika Mohan, Buzz Bureau, Chennai,
April 10, 2010
The dance ballet echoes the search
of a woman, for the woman within.
- indianexpress.com, Apr 08, 2010
Mythology met modernity as Chennai-based
dancer Anita Ratnam brought her new work, the quirkily titled Ma3KA, to
the Kamani Auditorium on Monday.
Risky and vulnerable
- Neehar Mishra, The Hindu, April
Anita Ratnam on her recent performance
of Ma3ka in New Delhi
'MA3KA' at Can-Stop's Annual Fund raiser Event
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
power of three: Ma3ka
Sagar, Hyderabad, www.narthaki.com, 28 Feb, 2010
over to reality
By Leela Venkataraman,
The Hindu, Friday Review, 8 Jan 2010
all earth mothers
The New Indian
Express - Jan 02, 2010
am not a peaceful, calm person'
Kreisberger , indianexpress.com, 3 Jan 2010
2 Jan 2010
is so different that it's a challenge, a risk, and also deliciously naughty
to try to prick this safe cocoon of classicism this space represents,"
says Anita Ratnam, the mastermind and primary artiste of the ambitiously
contemporary, Ma3ka. While purists might find the bold experimentation
overwhelming, audience members are sure to be touched by some segment of
this rigorously imagined and executed production.
of three pervades the entire work. Anita dances within a triangle delineated
on the stage, and the performance is divided Saraswati, Anita's mother
last year. "It made me re-evaluate or rethink what am I doing, what is
life about, why am I dancing, what do I have to say now - I'm in my fifties,
I've lived such an interesting varied life, it was a time in my life for
it all to come together," says the dancer.
work is finely crafted.
designer for the work, explains the nuanced interpretations and abstractions
sewn into the fabric of the work. "Of the three, the white Saraswati costume
is my favourite," he says. "It's actually a quilt we made out of three
saris - one from her grandmother, one from her mother, and one her own."
The Lakshmi section is one of the most memorable, featuring an sequence
of runwaymodel walks, as Anita paces through various personas she has held
during her life, such as model, stage actor, and film personality. In the
musical score you'll find the familiar Nokia ring lurking among other modern
effects. "I feel that there's something called urban abhinaya - way we
tweet and other little gestures we do. Why not bring them into dance" explains
timeless, specific - tackles the whole spectrum. As all adventuresome performances,
takes time for audiences to adjust their palates to the new flavours.
But such a
richly designed work surely promises delicacies.
Swaminathan, Preview in The Hindu, 29 Dec 2009