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PADME (2014) - Critics Speak

Interviews

Best of both worlds
- Kirthi Jayakumar, Femina, Oct 1, 2014
Interview with Kalpana Raghuraman


Post Padme Perspective
Compiled by Lalitha Venkat, narthaki.com, September 12, 2014



Reviews

When a Lotus becomes the theme of art
- Chennai Times, Jul 7, 2015
At the opening reception of the art exhibition, Forum Art Gallery


Merging mudras across genre
- Annie Philip, The Hindu, Puducherry, July 6, 2015
Merging mudras from Bharatanatyam with the flexible movements from contemporary modern dance, Puducherry was treated to ‘Padme’ on Thursday at the Krtashreya Aurodhan Garden.


Inspired by The Mother
- R. Sivaraman, The Hindu, Puducherry, July 6, 2015


Where Art Lay in the Heart of Lotus
- The New Indian Express, Jul 2, 2015


Taps from the Thinking Feet
- Janani Sampath, The New Indian Express, Jan 24, 2015
http://www.newindianexpress.com/magazine/Taps-from-the-Thinking-Feet/2015/01/24/article2632229.ece


Formless, flowing and free!
- Chitra Mahesh, The Hindu, Jan 22, 2015


Accent on mime and movement
- Chitra Swaminathan, The Hindu, December 23, 2014
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-editorialfeatures/accent-on-mime-and-movement/article6717279.ece


Lotus pocus
- Ranjana Dave, Deccan Herald, Oct 5, 2014
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/434177/lotus-pocus.html


Flexibility in spirit
- Kumudha Chandrasekaran, The Hindu, Aug 14, 2014
Project ‘Padme’, a new direction for professional development in dance, premiered its bold and beautiful outcome to a full-house audience
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/flexibility-in-spirit/article6317805.ece


Born to dance free
- Shilpa Sebastin.R, The Hindu, Aug 14, 2014
Anita Ratnam tells Shilpa Sebastian R. that she felt bound in the classical dance mould and broke off her shackles when she discovered the contemporary dance form.
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/dance/born-to-dance-free/article6316950.ece




Previews

Floral divinity
- Indulge, The New Indian Express, Jun 26, 2015
Merging dance, painting and sculpture, Forum Art Gallery explores the lotus and its metaphors
http://indulge.newindianexpress.com/floral-divinity/chennai/32685


Inspired by the lotus, dancers come together
- The Hindu, Puducherry, July 2, 2015
Dancers from varied genres of dance will come together in a performance ‘Padme’ that combines ancient Indian and Western modern dance forms, to be staged in Puducherry on Thursday. (2 July 2015)
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/puducherry/inspired-by-the-lotus-dancers-come-together/article7377334.ece


Arangham presents Padme at Neralu Festival at NGMA auditorium on February 7, 2015 Bangalore, 6pm
- www.narthaki.com
http://www.narthaki.com/info/prv15/prv943.html


At the lotus feet
- The Hindu, Metro Plus, Aug 9, 2014
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/at-the-lotus-feet/article6296778.ece


Changing Form
- Susanna Chandy, The New Indian Express, Aug 8, 2014
http://indulge.newindianexpress.com/changing-form/bangalore/14449


Chinwag with... Anita Ratnam
- Jayanthi Madhukar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau, Aug 3, 2014
http://www.bangaloremirror.com/entertainment/lounge/Chinwag-with--Anita-Ratnam/articleshow/39558299.cms


Flower Show
- Joshua Muyiwa, Time Out, Bengaluru, Aug 1, 2014
http://www.timeoutbengaluru.net/dance/features/flower-show




Press reports of the work in progress
 
Anita Ratnam presented ‘Padme’, a group work-in-progress, to the audience, who usually get to see only the final product. Inspired by the lotus flower as a metaphor for human development and choreographed by Kalpana Raghuraman...
- Redefining boundaries by Kumudha Bharahram, The Hindu, February 7, 2014
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/redefining-boundaries/article5661713.ece


DANCE ALL THE WAY!
- Masoom, Art Manager, Nritarutya (a dancer, a physiotherapist and a novice art reviewer)

"This excerpt was a prelude to the showcasing of a work in progress “PADME”. Produced by Anita Ratnam and choreographed by Brussels based danseuse Kalpana Raghuraman, PADME was an ensemble of eight handpicked dancers from Bangalore. 6 hours of vigorous practice for two weeks bore fruit on stage as these young artistes clearly show signs of owning the piece and becoming one with the dance. Using the lotus or “Padma” as a metaphor for human development, the dance derives its text from personal experiences combing Indian dance and modern dance resulting in an exciting dance language. Gliding gracefully, the synchronisation was just too true to be believed. Of the eight dancers, Vandana Supriya, Keerthana Ravi and Sabysachi Chaterjee deserve a special mention.

All said, a costume wherein the dancers were more comfortable would have indeed made a difference, the discomfort being obvious on some dancers’ faces. Also, a better lighting will definitely make the piece more engrossing.

This is a production apt not just for proscenium but also for site specific works. Looking forward to its premier in August 2014."




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