Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vyjanthi Kashi

From Bihl House:

Visiting Indian Artist
in an Intimate Solo Dance Performance

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Please join us at Bihl Haus for an intimate evening of classical Indian dance by visiting artist Vyjanthi Kashi on Thursday, Nov. 18th, at 7 pm. Possessing an innate grace and seductive manner, Vyjanthi will move you with her haunting blend of passion, drama, and emotion. She performs in the ancient tradition of Kuchipudi, the classical dance form from the South-East Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which is characterized by mercurial, animated movements and dramatic story telling. Vyjanthi will don the costume of the Kuchipudi dancer, which features brilliantly colored silks, a long pleated skirt panel, ornaments made of a light-weight wood called boorugu, dramatic eye makeup, and brass bell anklets.

Vjyanthi is known especially for two temple dances that are unique to Kuchipudi. In the Tarangam, Vyjanthi balances her feet on the raised edges of a brass plate and moves it in rhythmic patterns across the floor. In the Mayura Kauthvam, she ‘paints’ a picture of a lotus, peacock, or lion--vehicles of various Indian gods—with rhythmic footwork as she dances through colored powder spread on the floor.

Vyjayanthi Kashi is a performer, choreographher, therapist, teacher and dance researcher. Her works have been featured in several international festivals. She serves on the Arts and Cultural Committee of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural, Government of India. Her film and television credits include documentaries and interviews in the broadcasting media. She is a regular motivational speaker and workshop leader, speaking on the arts and life, dance and yoga, therapy and body language, creativity and collaborations in the arts. With a vision to promote artistic and professional excellence, she founded Shambhavi School of Dance in 1993 and trained many dance aspirants. For more on Vyjanthi, including video dance performances, please go to

Hope we see you then!