Contemporary issues through movement – The Hindu


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Pictures from production | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Bengaluru based dance institute Vishwakiran Dance Company will perform Exordium. Vishwakiran Nambi, founder of the dance school, explains, “It is a modern Indian dance theater production that aims to discuss contemporary social and political human structures through movement.” Vishwakiran is a trained Bharatnatyam, Kalari and contemporary dancer.

Two full-length choreographies will be presented in the evening – yellow camel (grand meal) and wake up illa (lack of space). While the first talks about our response and engagement as a community to food shortages, especially during COVID-19, through intricately designed movement pieces and dramatic compositions Through medium, the latter is about the impact of hyper-cosmopolitanism of cities. The lack of space is shown through the dancers performing on a small wooden box.

Vishwakiran believes that art reflects the cities and cultures we live in and it has always been 'art for everyone and everyone for art'. Vishwakiran started his career as a principal dancer for the Bengaluru-based dance company Nritarutya before branching out independently.

Later he ventured into dance film direction and choreography and made films Kitchen, Which is reflected in his other works like funeral pyre, yellow camelAnd wake up illa It has been staged and performed in many international festivals.

Vishwakiran established his institute in 2018. His film choreography includes Suman Ranganath for Hemanta Rao Kavaludari,'Nag Ashwin's Telugu film 'Mugga Manusulu', greatness' And is currently choreographing for a Kannada film, which will hit the screens soon.

Vishwakiran says, running a dance company after Covid-19 was a challenge as it was difficult to raise funds. “We sustain ourselves through teaching. Still, I need dance company because that's the only way you can develop a movement language and grammar. This is possible only if you work with the dancers for a long time.

Vishwakiran got entry into film choreography when his dance music videos, nene It went viral and was viewed more than 62 thousand times. The song is written and directed by Gomatesh Upadhyay, composed by Phani Kalyan and choreographed by Vishwakiran. “This was the song that opened the doors to the field for me.”

,Yale Oota, is a sumptuous meal, usually served on a banana leaf during grand ceremonies and rituals. For me the context here is food waste and food inequality and food distribution. This was especially seen during COVID-19 as I was involved in food grain distribution to the needy during those difficult times. We had created a food chain and provided food to around 300 families.”

Then Vishwa Kiran came to know about a family that lived just two streets away from him, which had no means of even a day's food. “This started the topic yellow camel, Research shows that approximately four tonnes of food is wasted at weddings. “This dance, with its two parallel narratives, talks about gluttony.”

About choosing Kannada titles and dialogues for his production, Vishwakiran says, “The only way contemporary work connects with people is to bring regionality or naturalness to it. This form is new for the common man. We have used Kannada dialogues in both the pieces. We call it modern Indian dance theatre. Still, it is mainly dance and movement with some theatrics. the dancer will soon transform yellow camel In a dance film.

wake up illa, says Vishwakiran, talks about overcrowding. “The focus is mainly on Bengaluru, where it takes five times more time to go from point A to point B than it should. The dance talks about how we too contribute to this. Is only the common man responsible for this huge crowd or are the government and the IT industry responsible? This piece is athletic in nature. Dancers begin dancing on a small box in a packed space and eventually move vertically. For this we have come up with aerial silk form.”

Vishwakiran Nambi

Vishwakiran Nambi Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Vishwakiran has been doing research on folk genres and has learned some of the folk genres including Dollu Kunita, Kamasle, Devarattam, Gidda and Somanakunita. “While the moves in Somankunita are basic, there are some complex moves in Dollu Kunita.”

lawsuit Its music is given by Gopu Krishna, while lyrics are by Kiran Kavarappa. They will perform at Bangalore International Center on May 15 at 7 pm. This is a free performance but RSVP is required on the BIC website. They will have a repeat show at Medai on June 8, tickets for which are available on BookMyShow.

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