Three Aksha presents Natyashastra: the Oldest Surviving Stagecraft in the World
The world's oldest stagecraft takes the stage in this vibrant performance of traditional Indian music and dance from Three Aksha, a group dedicated to preserving and promoting Indian culture. Natyashastra is the oldest surviving text on dance and music in the world and a project of this caliber is a first of its kind to the community in Philadelphia. The first half of the evening performance will be a music concert by Chakrafonics led by Praveen D Rao; followed by the dance performance of "Natyashastra." Experience the artistic direction of Viji Rao, whom the Philadelphia Inquirer has called a "theatrical visionary" along with choreography by Kiran Subramanyam.
Prior to 200 BCE, artists would pass on their theatrical talent orally from generation to generation. A wise sage known as Bharata collected and documented the best practices in art-- from music to dance, drama to costumes and fine art. In doing so, Bharata laid the cornerstone of theatrical arts in India. With its kaleidoscopic approach, Natyashastra has offered a remarkable dimension to growth and development of music, dance, drama, and art in India and the rest of the world.
A sincere thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Knight Foundation, the Leeway Foundation and Three Aksha for making this performance possible.
Concept: Viji Rao
Choreography: Kiran Subramanyam
Music: Praveen D Rao
Video design concept, costume design and lighting design: Viji Rao
Video mapping creation: Laia and Isabella
Lighting execution: Yan and Praveen D Rao
Photography: Yatin Patel
Videography: Bob Finkelstein
JCC Auditorium at the KleinLife Center (View)
10100 Jamison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|