Akademi at 40 | SADIR: Dancing for Rajahs, Nawabs, and the Officers of the Raj (2019)
Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh shares the experiences of seeking out hereditary dancers; piecing together closely guarded anecdotes and repertoire pieces.
Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh and Chitra Sundaram explored the narratives, the women, and the repertoire of Sadir Āttam: the command performance of the 17th – early 20th century that was presented in darbars and salons for royalty, aristocracy and officers of The Raj.
This event presented the her-story of the Sadir dancer; her repertoire and her reputation as an articulate, charming and sophisticated performer. Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh shared the experiences of seeking out hereditary dancers; piecing together closely guarded anecdotes and repertoire pieces.
“For the first ever time, audiences in the UK had the opportunity to watch Sadir in its most authentic incarnation”Shivaangee Agrawal, Reviewer, Pulse
★★★★ “It was fascinating to see Sadir brought to life again – rather like watching Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstructions of 19th century ballets with the original mimed passages and a less virtuoso technique than in modern productions. ”Jann Parry, Reviewer, DanceTabs
|Akademi 40th Anniversary Producer:||Nina Head|
|Programme Host at Asia House and LSO St. Luke’s||Chitra Sundaram|
|Programme Host at Storey’s Field Centre, Cambridge||Dr Avanthi Meduri|
|Performer||Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh|
|Vocalist: (Mysore)||Sangeetha Sudhir|
Asia House, SAMA Arts, Cockayne and The London Community Foundation.
With thanks to
Brij Kumar Guhare, Vibha Mehdiretta, Jay Visvadeva, Srinivas Gotru, Pamela Kember and the team at Asia House