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LIVE CLASSICAL BHARATNATYAM PERFORMANCE BY ARUPA LAHIRY @ THE DEHRADUN LITERATURE FEST 2017

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LIVE CLASSICAL BHARATNATYAM PERFORMANCE BY ARUPA LAHIRY @ THE DEHRADUN LITERATURE FEST 2017
LIVE CLASSICAL BHARATNATYAM PERFORMANCE BY ARUPA LAHIRY @ THE DEHRADUN LITERATURE FEST 2017

LIVE CLASSICAL BHARATNATYAM PERFORMANCE BY ARUPA LAHIRY @ THE DEHRADUN LITERATURE FEST 2017

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Bharatanatyam Arupa Lahiry

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Bharatnatyam solo by Arupa Lahiri

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IN ACTION
PERFORMANCES
  • Madras Music Academy, ‘Spirit Of Youth’ Series, September 2008  

  • Krishna Gana Sabha, December 2012

  • Dasyam Festival, October 2012

  • Kapali Festival,  May 2010

  • Natyarangam Trust, May 2009 

  • Kartik Fine Arts, November 2008

  • Brahma Gana Sabha, July 2011

CHENNAI

BANGALORE

  • “Divinity Series : Gaja Vadana and Padme”, a festival curated on divine attributes of the Hindu pantheon, May 2017

  • “Ahalya”, November 2015

  • Ananya Festival series, June 201

NEW DELHI

  • “Divinity Series : Gaja Vadana and Padme”, a festival curated on divine attributes of the Hindu pantheon, India Habitat Centre, November, December 2016

  • Santvani”, a festival on poetry by Bhakti saints, India Habitat Centre, March 2016

  • “Sambad”, a festival of duets, India International Centre, November 2015

  • “PatraParichay Festival”, India Habitat Centre, February 2015

  • ITDC Festival, March 2014

  • India Habitat Centre,  February, 2015 &June 2013

  • India International Centre, December 2012

  • Unbound Beats – a young dancers’ festival,  India International Centre, May 2009

  • Neemrana Music Foundation, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

KERALA

  • Attukal Bhagavati Festival, Trivandrum, March 2017

  • Soorya Festival: Trivandrum, Cochin, November 2014, 2010

  • Mudra Festival, Palakkad, May 2017

  • Swaralaya Festival, Palakkad, 2011

  • Shobha Hermitage, Palakkad, 2011

  • Dharani Festival, Erranakulam, 2010

  • Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy Festival: Kozhikode, Thrissur, Palakkad, Walayar, 2014

MUMBAI

  • NCPA, May 2017 & October 2013

  • Swami Haridas Sammelan, January 2011 

  • Rasika Ranjani Sabha, January 2010

  • Kal-Ke-Kalakar Festival, Sur- Sringar Samsad, April 201

KOLKATA

  • “Ahalya”, Alka Jalan Foundation, 2017 

  • Kalamandalam Festival, May 4, 2011

  • Uday Shankar Festival, December 2007, 2009  

  • Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, July 2007

ORISSA

  • Ekamra Festival, Bhubaneswar, June, 2011

  • Cuttack Mahotsav, January 2011

  • Baliyatra Mahotsav, Cuttack, November 2010 

  • 4th Devadasi National Festival, Bhubaneswar, November 200

OTHER

PERFORMANCES

Khajuraho Dance Festival, Madhya Pradesh

  • February 2015 (solo)

  • February 2012 (part of Smt. Chitra Visweswaran’s troupe)

Mysore

  • Pallavotsav, October 5, 2010

Mangalore

  • Udipi, June 2015

  • “Ahalya” as part of Nrityangan Festival, February 2016

Ahmedabad

  • Nattarani Dance Festival, Darpana Academy, April 2012

Assam

  • Prakjyoti Festival, (Sangeet Natak Academy sponsored), Guwahati, January 2010

Pondicherry

  • Neemrana Music Foundation, 2008; 2010 (February & December) 

  • Aurobindo Ashram, March 2009

Bihar

  • Baidyanath Festival, Devgarh, February 2015

INTERNATIONAL TOURS

  • Doha

  • Kuwait

  • Dubai

  • Abu Dhabi

  • Muscat

  • Behrain

UAE

May, 2017

SRI LANKA

May-June, 2016

  • Colombo

USA & LONDON

July-Sept, 2016

  • Meera - The soul divine

  • A production by Smt. Chitra Visweswaran

  • Sydney

  • Brisbane

  • Melbourne

  • Adelaide

  • Perth

AUSTRALIA

June, 2014

SINGAPORE

June, 2014

MALAYSIA

2012 - 2014

  • Kuala Lumpur,  June 2012

  • Johor Bahru, June 2012 & March 2014

  • Penang, March 2014

FRANCE

2011 - 2013

  • Musee Guimet, November 2013

  • Centre Mandapa, November 2013

  • Opera de Lille, Lille, November 2011

  • Salle Adyar, Paris,  December 2011

GERMANY

November, 2013

  • Meinz

  • Darmstadt

  • Living Arts Centre, Toronto

CANADA

June, 2010

STRASBOURG & LUXEMBOURG

November, 2013

ARUPA

     LAHIRY

Arupa means “nirakara” or beauty without form. As a young thinking BharataNatyam artist who’s looked at with expectation, I search that unspoken, undefined beauty of the Divine through my art and traditional training. 

MY JOURNEY IN DANCE

Growing up


Put to sleep to M.S.Subbulakshmi’s bhajans and Bade Gulam Ali Khan’s bandishes, who knows what triggered the passion for art in me, a girl with no glorified lineage in art from Kolkata. Holding my mother’s fingers I walked to BharataNatyam classes and played with “tattu-kadi” from the tender age of four. It was quiet far off and legs used to hurt. However, the luxury of car was never allowed. My mother used to distract me with various stories. Then I never knew how many more miles this journey will take me. Tagore, Doverlane music conference, book fair, Durga puja, rigorous studies and water ballets gave me a curious kaleidoscopic childhood – a gift of my parents. They nurtured an argumentative, freethinking child to follow and create her own path. Very soon the haloed portals of Presidency College introduced me to my other love, English literature. Also probably its rebel ambience taught me how to dream. The stories of legendary artists, their pangs and struggles in overnight “addas” held in Pandit Tanmoy Bose’s house egged me to leave the city when I was barely nineteen. They say the guru appears before you when the student is ready. Chennai or Madras with its unknown tongue and endless cups of filter coffee bewitched me.
 

Training & tutelage


I landed up in the beautiful house of legendary guru-dancer-choreographer Padmashri awardee Smt. Chitra Visweswaran with stars in my eyes, never to look back again. In the first few classes she broke everything I knew about BharataNatyam to recreate the new born me again. Chitrakka was not just my BharataNatyam teacher, she is my mother, guardian, confidante and someone I love and fear with all my heart. She taught me one mantra, “To be a dancer, think, breathe, eat and sleep dance”. Like fire burns to create gold, the training she gave and still continues to give for over seventeen years now stands firm in tradition. Achievements like National Senior Scholarship, Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Tata Fellowship from TATA, ICCR empanelment, Festival of India empanelment, Doordarshan gradation are milestones in a journey where I have miles to go before I sleep. 
 

Birth of the artist


The second step in the growth of the dancer was the shift to Delhi. The exposure to multiple art forms fueled the creative me yet again. Meeting my mentor, Dr. Usha RK at this juncture gave birth to the independent artist. Under her vision, I went on to create solo critically acclaimed productions like Ahalya, Madurai Khestram, Gajalakshmi and Kamala exploring and experimenting with various challenging and esoteric themes, still deeply grounded in traditional form and format. Communication once started, sought various channels of experimentation including that of a group choreographer leading to the creation of multi dance group “Urja” and all BharataNatyam group “Nrityarupa”, both of which have travelled widely.

NATIONAL

TEAM LEADER

Urja – Multi-Discipline Group

  1. New Delhi, International Nuclear Scientists meet, February 2017

  2. Bindh Mahotsav, Rewa, April 2017

  3. Ahalya Dance Festival, Kerala, May 2017

FOR GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY