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Pehchaan is a collection of pieces in Bharatanatyam; curated to chronicle the bridge between the identity of the ‘dancer’ and the artist. According to the Natya Shastra, one of the oldest texts on the performing arts, ‘performers are painted to lose their previous individuality and become the character they are playing.’ In the context of classical dance, the process of getting ready distances the person from the character of the ‘dancer’.
How can we bridge this gap, using the language of dance to give voice to our own individuality, contextualised in the present? This is the question that Pehchaan seeks to address.
Nattuvangam – Sharath TS
Vocals – Rajeev R
Mridangam – Vinod Anoor
Violin – Pradesh Achar
Lights – Keerthi Kumar
Tanya Saxena is a Bharatanatyam dancer based in Delhi, India. She has studied the art form extensively under renowned Gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan, Rama Vaidyanathan, Kamalini Dutt and A. Lakshamanswamy; with allied training in Natya Shastra, Carnatic music, Nattuvangam and theatre.
Tanya has performed across the world; relishing the opportunity to create inter-disciplinary work. Some of her notable performances include ‘Les Flutes Enchantes’ commissioned and presented by Alliance Francaise, ‘Yami’ performed at Sangeet Natak Akademi Thrissur, performances & workshops at Indiana University and a performance for the Bangladeshi delegation to India at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Tanya holds a Master’s in Performing Arts, is an empanelled artist with the ICCR and an A-Graded artist of Doordarshan, India. She strongly believes that art should be enjoyed by everyone, and particularly loves performing and conducting workshops for children with the non-profit Spicmacay. Tanya teaches dance at her studio in Gurgaon.