By: Shantha Ratii
Date: 21 Apr 2012, Sat
Duration: 2 hours
Intermission: 15 minutes
Venue: Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Ticket Prices: $100, $50, $35 & $25
Tickets available from: Gatecrash
Art lovers in Singapore are in for a delightful treat for their senses when Shantha Ratii, , one of the foremost Kuchipudi danseuse today will be giving a special Kuchipudi performance, “Sourabhham” on 21 April 2012, Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel, Singapore.
Having won critical acclaim and awards the world-over for “the effortless beauty of her dance”, Shantha Ratii’s avant-garde vision continues to extend the boundaries of Kuchipudi, a dance form rarely seen here. After her initial training in Singapore, Shantha Ratii went on to do advanced work with a galaxy of renowned gurus in India and has performed in many major dance festivals worldwide.
Besides Bharatha Natyam, Shantha Ratii has mastered several Indian classical dance forms like the Kathakali and Kuchipudi. Over the last 20 odd years she has specialized in Kuchipudi and has performed, taught and conducted workshops and master-classes in this art form. Kuchipudi hails from the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is celebrated for its spritely, ebullient, lyrical and sometimes coquettish style of presentation.
The highlight of the evening will be Shantha Ratii’s interpretation of poetry written by a Singaporean poet on chess, where dance will meet mathematics and strategy in a rare and riveting piece and also the dancing on a brass-plate, in a scintillating dialogue with drums in the finale. There will also be a photo-exhibition on her work.
As Shantha Ratii believes in ‘art with a cause’, the show will also support AWARE, a registered charity whose mission is to remove all gender-based barriers so as to allow individuals, especially under-privileged women in Singapore, to develop their potential to the fullest and realize their personal visions and hopes.