The story of Ramayana is woven around the heroic tale of Prince Rama and His loyal wife Sita - a metaphor about the triumph of good over evil.
Sita is abducted by the giant Ravana and carried to his palace at Lanka. In his search for his wife Sita, Rama receives assistance from the Vanara (monkey), Hanuman, who burns Ravana's palace and restores princess Sita to her husband. This is a tale that originates from India. The first reference to the story of Ramayana in South East Asia was in a sixth century inscription in Cambodia. Today, the Ramayana story is performed in a variety of art forms throughout the world.
Shri Rama Kathasudha weaves an English narrative with the enthralling musical compositions of one of India's great saints of the early 18th century,Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi and one of India's contemporary Spiritual Masters, His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji to enunciate the greatness of Lord Rama.
Kripa Baskaran, the Director of Natyarpana Dance Company, is an instructor in the Department of Dance for the Continuing Education Division at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. An accomplished dancer and choreographer who has traveled worldwide to perform the most revered South Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, Kripa began her journey at the age of seven with instruction from revered gurus Smt. Chandrakala and Thanjai Sri. Hemnath and Dr. Ambika Kameshwar. Kripa has done Nattuvangam for renowned dancers like Dr. Ambika Kameshwar and Smt. Vaijayantimala Bali. As a trained classical singer, Kripa also provides vocal support for the dance concerts. Kripa is the choreographer for Shri Rama Kathasudha.
Priya Murali, founder of Flute 'n Feather Dance Company, MN is the art and rehearsals director for Shri Rama Kathasudha at Minneapolis, MN. Priya is the disciple of legendary Guru and visionary, Adyar K Lakshman and has performed at Arts Alliances and prestigious dance festivals in and around India, New Jersey and Seattle. Priya has served as an instructor and member of the artistic team at From Within Academy, WA and continues to pursue Bharatanatyam and Nattuvangam under Sri K. Mohanan, dancer, teacher and professor at the world-renowned Kalakshetra Foundation.
This production brings together several dancers from reputed dance institutions in the Twin Cities and also from other parts of the United States.
A masterpiece woven in music-dance-theater, Shri Rama Kathasudha is presented in a series of graceful dance movements accompanied by a *live* orchestra of traditional Indian, classical instruments. This ballet is sure to delight the audience with its spiritual, musical as well as visual grace and beauty!