In 1975 the iconic Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam electrified audiences with her brilliantly evocative Krishnaya Tubhyam Namaha, the first thematic solo performance to be premiered by one of India's leading dancers. Now, nearly five decades later, with her disciple and grandniece, Mahati Kannah, is replicating her Guru's impact on audiences all over the world. Like the hero of the story, this program is still very popular, even today. Krishnaya Tubhyam Namaha portrays Krishna in his varied dimensions - as the divine baby, the mischievous young boy, the performer of miracles, the heroic husband, beloved friend, protector of his devotees, and the Supreme Preacher.
Born into a family of musicians and dancers, it is no surprise that young Mahati Kannan has grown into an excellent artist in her own right. The joy of rhythm and movement finds lyrical expression in Mahati's performance. If the face is the index of the mind and the mirror of one's feelings, Mahati's displays myriad nuances of a wide gamut of emotions - joy, sorrow, love, longing, separation, determination, stoicism, dejection, and triumph. Krishna comes to life in her portrayal, as do the other characters in her presentation. Mahati, like her grand-aunt, is a master at switching roles in the blink of an eye - from little Krishna to the evil snake Kaliya, from the devoted and loving Rukmini to the lover Krishna, and from the hesitant Arjuna to the Divine Teacher Krishna who brings awareness to Arjuna of his duties and responsibilities. Indeed, one feels that the stage is peopled with many characters, and not just one single dancer, while watching Krishnaya Tubhyam Namaha.
Mahati is a perfect example of beauty and brains harmoniously melding in one person. She has a Masters in art history from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi, which has given her a better structure to her perception and study of the subject which, in turn, has opened new possibilities to apply that knowledge to dance as well. This is fully in evidence in Krishnaya Tubhyam Namaha.
Mahati with be accompanied by a group of extraordinary musicians from India - Dr. Gayatri Kannan (Nattuvangam & Vocal), Kannan Balakrishnan (Veena), Nagai Sriram (Mridangam), and M. S. Ananthasree (Violin & Vocal).
Sunday, April 16 at 4 PM
Runtime: 2 hours
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