Premiered January 2, 1999, Bangalore, India
January 4, 1999 – Chennai, India
Music – S. V. Balakrishna
Cast – Charumathi, Lakshmi Iyengar, Praveen Kumar, Murali Mohan, Kalpana Raghuraman, Sathyanarayana Raju, Seshadri Ramchandra, and Soundarya Srivatsa.
‘Gati-Pragati’ meaning ‘dance in progress’ is a dance theater that explores the various shapes and rhythmic patterns known as ‘yatis’ that form the foundation for the classical music of India. ‘Gati-Pragati’, with an instinctive feeling for the pure dance idiom, displays variety of shapes and sequences, using the classical traditions of the vintage Pandanallur style of Bharata Natyam, rustic expressions from the past and improvised modern energy. The ‘yatis’ depicted are: Sama, Gopucha, Srotovaha, Mridanga, Damaru, and Vishama
Other Gati-Pragati performances
April 2, 1999, Langford Auditorium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
‘Gati-Pragati’ by Malathi Iyengar and Rangoli Dance Company presented by Vanderbilt’s South Asian student organization, Masala-South Asian Cultural Exchange. Contact Monica Cooley / Kala Nivedanam at 615 352 8474.
June 27, 1999, California State University, Northridge, Ca. Rangoli Festival 1999
Cast – Ronald burton, Lakshmi Iyengar, Praveen Kumar, Murali Mohan, Shyamala Moorty, Kalpana Raghuraman, Emma Scioli, Shaheen Sheik, Soundarya Srivathsa, and Kiran Subramanyam