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Navarasa - Expressions of Life – ensemble production performed by 5 to 9 dancers
Navarasa - Expressions of Life, obviates myth and lyric and strings together in an eclectic manner, the nine emotions of life through the mnemonics of music, body kinetics and nritta.

Duration : 45 minutes
Language : Sanskrit
Style : Bharatanatyam & Body Kinetics
Script : Select Shloka on Nava Rasa from Natya Shastra

Simhanandini –Solo Kuchipudi
The Simhanandini is a rare and unique dance form, from the traditional and ritual repertoire of Kuchipudi, and was practised in the 14th and 15th centuries.
As part of Shankarananda Kalakshetra's, revival of ritual series the Simhanandini, dance presentation , has now been recast and recreated. The Simhanandini, is set in six talas or rhythmic cycles - adding up to the Simhanandana tala of 128 syllables or counts. To these talas are performed rhythmic footwork, alongside verses and abhinaya in praise of the Mother Goddess.
The final obeisance to the deity is made by the dancer, by drawing a picture of a lion, the vehicle of Goddess Durga, while using her feet, to the mnemonic syllables and the melodic fervor of the poetry. The drawing emerges as the dancer moves on a white cloth, over a carpet of coloured powder on the floor.
Conceived, choreographed and performed by Ananda Shankar Jayant.

Shringara Darpanam – Solo Bharatanatyam
Shringara Darpanam, premiered in December 2011, is an ekaharya production, with rare sankeerthanas of Annamacharya; set to music by Sathiraju Venumadhav and one song composed by Rallapalli Ananthakrishna Sharma, strung together in a flow similar to the moods and resonances of the Gitagovindam

Thyagaraja Ramayanam – Solo – Bharatanatyam/ Kuchipudi
Thyagaraja Ramayanam is an Ekaharya, wherein the story of Sri Rama as visualized by Thyagaraja, is portrayed in two parts - from Rama’s birth to Sita Kalyanam and from Bharata’s search for Rama to the final coronation of Sri Rama in Ayodhya. Select Kritis of Thyagaraja are used to describe the story of Sri Rama, as well as depict Thyagarja’s reaction to the various episodes in Rama’s life. Valmiki Shlokas are used for continuity and have been set to music by Smt. Subhashini Shankar.

Taalapatra - Hymns from the Hills – Solo - Bharatanatyam



Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, is one of India’s most eminent and renowned dancers and is celebrated as one of India’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars
Performing in the two classical styles of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, Ananda, imbues to the technique and grammar of her dance, a sparkling quality that bristles with life.
Her natural grace and vivacity draws her audience into the vivid and vibrant canvas of her dance, leaving them deeply touched
Engaging in every aspect of dance, Ananda, is a prolific solo and ensemble performer, a much loved teacher and Guru , a critically acclaimed and brilliant choreographer, and is a sought after motivational and leadership speaker and writer
As the Artistic Director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra , Ananda leads an acclaimed ensemble, besides training and presenting the next generation of Bharatanatyam artists
Ananda has been decorated with the "Padma Shri" in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Bharatanatyam in 2009.
She has also been honoured by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu with the "Kalaimamani", and with the "Kala Ratna" by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
A TED speaker in 2009, Ananda’s TED talk is now ranked as one of 50 Amazingly Motivational talks on Youtube as well as one of 12 Incredible TED talks on cancer.