Padam and Javali: Twin elements of Love

23 November 2019

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Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

Chennai-born Swapnasundari is a leading bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and vocalist.

Swapnasundari dances the padam and the javali to explore two different forms of love, the devotional (bhakti) and the romantic (sringara). She draws on graceful limb movements and detailed facial expressions to depict these contrasting emotions.

Renowned for her improvisational skills in developing poetic metaphors with deep musicality, Swapnasundari blends the playful with the cerebral. She dances to a rich sonic backdrop provided by three superb Carnatic classical musicians on vocals, violin and mridangam drum.

 

Lilian Baylis Studio

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R