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Bharatanatyam Artiste

Date & Time

Sunday Sun, 6 Aug 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Skanda – the name of the benevolent Hindu god Lord Muruga. Rasam – the series of emotions evoked within the audience as they experience the dancer’s communion with Lord Muruga. In this thematic Bharathanatyam solo work, Mohanapriyan takes his audience in a journey of discovery through dance.

This multi-faceted showcase features five segments: Mayura Alarippu depicting the beautiful peacock movements, Varnam based on the aspect of love, benevolence, valour and power of Muruga, Padam which explores Shanmuga’s six faces representing the six emotions and stories, completed with a Virutham and Lalgudi G Jeyaraman’s Thillana.

Concept and Choreography : Mohanapriyan Thavarajah
Artistic Direction : Aravinth Kumarasamy
Choreographic Mentorship : Priyadarsini Govind
Music Composition and Arrangement : Dr Rajkumar Bharathi
Sound Design : Sai Shravanam
Lighting Design : Niranjan Gokhale

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Mohanapriyan Thavarajah

Bharatanatyam Artiste

Mohanapriyan Thavarajah is a young male dance artiste and choreographer of Bharatanatyam. While deeply rooted in tradition, his innovative approach to Bharatanatyam revitalises physicality, musicality and expressive theatricality of the dance form to create an exceptional style that is distinct to his personality, which has been well received as “refreshing” by audiences across the world.

Holding a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Masters of Philosophy degree in Bhartanatyam, his training was under Guru Ogeswari Shanmuganathan (Alumni, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai India) at Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, he is currently pursuing his PhD in dance. Since 2012, He has been with Apsaras Arts Dance Company, Singappre, as the resident choreographer and principal dance artiste. His performances and choreographies are presented regularly across, Europe, Asia and Australia.

He is a published author with his research book The Temple Dance of Apsaras – A Dancer’s View on Angkor Wat, published in 2021, and Prayogam, published in 2019. He is a recipient of several international awards.