Magic Indians

Nice hat Arjun! Arjun Raina likes to look his best when he dances with Monica Singh. These two Indian dancers will perform this Saturday in Byron.

Classical Indian dance comes to the North Coast in a show called The Magic Hour featuring the sublime talents of two traditional Indian dancers.

The male dancer Arjun Raina will dance Kathakali, a classical dance theatre with elaborate make-up and costume. In the modern form Arjun uses episodes from Shakespeares Othello and A Midsummer Nights Dream to create fantastic dance theatre. He uses hand gestures (mudras) to enact words and to convey feelings through the formalised nine basic emotions. This is considered the most spectacular of Indias six classical dance forms.

Monica Singh will perform the ancient dance style of Orissi, which was originally performed by Maharis or temple dancers. Its themes are from the love story of Lord Krishna and Radha, celebrated in the famous poem Gita Govinda by the poet Jaya Deva.

The Magic Hour will go for approximately two hours at the Byron Community Centre this Saturday, September 30, from 7pm.

Tickets are $27.50/22.20/12.20 and are available from the venue (6685 5659).

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