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a dance theatre solo by Anita Ratnam
On 5th Feb 2019, a very small select audience, comprising of discerning
residents of Pondicherry and mostly foreign tourists, started
arriving almost 2hrs before the scheduled time of Anita's performance.
The doors had to be shut much before the scheduled time because there
was not an inch of space left for another person to squeeze in. This was
the 3rd year in a row that Anita came to support our effort to preserve
Pondicherry's heritage by participating in the 5th Pondicherry Heritage
Festival. This year, she brought us her autobiographical offering
Ma3ka, celebrating the Women in her life and drawing a parallel to Maha
Saraswati, Maha Laxmi and Mother Meenakshi (Maha Shakti).
As in the previous years, through her mesmerising performance she
interacted intimately with the audience who sat barely inches away from
her and were held spellbound by her every move, by her words and her
amazing vocal rendering. The audience cried and laughed with her as she
narrated the story of each woman.
The venue was the restored Franco-Tamil house, Gratitude, which is the
place where the voluntary group People for Pondicherry's Heritage came
together for the first time in 2014 and thus the Festival was born. It
is only befitting that the most anticipated and precious event of the
festival, Anita Ratnam's performance, is held here every year. She uses
the space in a way where it appears that each of her choreography has
all along been planned keeping this particular space in mind.
It was the most memorable evening for those who were present and we
Pondicherrians cannot thank Anita enough for giving us this priceless
gift. The Pondicherry Heritage Festival will forever be grateful to
Anita Ratnam for her generosity and warmth and her immense talent.
Responses to Dance and Discussion on the Divine Feminine titled HER and BLISS…in chapters, by Anita
Ratnam for Jnanapravaha, Mumbai on October 29 & 30, 2010
- Dr. Rashmi Poddar (art historian and cultural curator), Oct 2010
- Kaiwan Mehta (Architect, and Researcher in the field of Visual Culture), Oct 2010
to the March 18, 2010 program at Sarojini Naidu School of Communications,
University of Hyderabad celebrating Women's Month
By Latha Mani
was not only interesting but also fun to watch. I enjoyed every moment
of it. You, with your energy to innovate, and with an eye for perfection
have managed to take your audience to a different realm altogether.
I still can't
forget the impact you had on me when you and your sister performed in Delhi
with a pure Kalashetra signature. I see that you have evolved so beautifully
as a dancer.
By the way
I am also trained in Bharata Natyam for many years. But am not active as
a dancer. Its a pleasure attending your programs because there is always
an element of something new. I hope you always have the energy to treat
us to all your experiments.