International Bharatanatyam performer and scholar Bala Devi Chandrashekar will perform on celebrated production of Padmavati: An Avatar at Symphony Space on September 30, 2023.
The United States premiere of Chandrasekhar's solo performance is based on the Gita Govinda by the 12th century poet Jayadeva, conveying the captivating love story of temple dancer Padmavati and Jayadeva.
First presented in Mathura, India in November 2021, Padmavati: An Avatar, conceptualized, researched, and choreographed by Chandrashekhar showcases cultural festivities, devotional songs, and resounding instrumentals, a news release stated.
The work’s original music, recorded in India by an ensemble of 25 specialized musicians, was composed by Rajkumar Bharathi and features lyrics by Dr S. Umapathi, Siromani. Vocals and chorus are complemented by the rhythmic recitation of Natttuvangam, a traditional South Indian art form.
“Padmavati: An Avatar takes its audience on a spellbinding journey of love and devotion,” said Chandrashekar. “The show’s melodic tapestry is enriched by a diverse ensemble of artists and musicians. Percussion, string, and wind instruments form the foundation on which this beautiful story is told.”
A Bharatnatyam exponent and research scholar, Chandrashekhar has given over 300 performances across 30 countries. She is an empaneled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi, and an approved artist by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for overseas performances.