From India via Paris: “Akasha” by Shantala Shivalingappa @ ’62 Center in W’town [Berkshire on Stage]

February 23rd, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Shantala Shivalingapa in performance. (photo:  Christopher.Duggan)

Shantala Shivalingapa in performance. (photo: Christopher.Duggan)

By Larry Murray

Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance presents Akasha by Shantala Shivalingappa. Akasha features the choreography of Shantala Shivalingappa and Vempati Ravi Shankar (son of Shivalingappa’s Kuchipudi guru Vempati Chinna Satyam) in a program of five Kuchipudi solos, each performed by Shivalingappa and accompanied by live singing, flute and percussion. In Sanskrit, Akasha means “sky” or “space” and is regarded as the source of life. Each work in Akasha is inspired by a traditional Hindu poem. There will be one performance only on Wednesday (February 25) at 8pm on the ’62 Center’s MainStage in Williamstown. Tickets are $10; $3 students.

Born in Madras, India, and brought up in Paris, Shantala is the child of east and west. Deeply moved and inspired by Master Vempati Chinna Satyam’s pure and graceful style, Shantala dedicated herself to Kuchipudi, and received an intense and rigorous training from her master.

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