Dance Drama Takes New Shape


South Indian Fine Arts and SanKritiLaya bring the impressive dance drama, Lalitha Prabhavam to the Bay Area. Lalitha Prabhavam has been staged at several venues in Chennai and in Muscat and has received excellent reviews.


K. Lalitha, the late founder of Sri Saraswathy Gana Nilayam, wrote the drama more than 20 years ago to capture the  essence of the epic Lalitha Sahasranama, and composed the lyrics in the form of a ballet.


The performance was revived last year to celebrate Sri Saraswathy Gana Nilayam’s 70th anniversary. Kalaimamani Ranganayaki Jayaraman, director of Sri Saraswathy Gana Nilayam, choreographed the ballet for presentation starting with the story of Dakshayini through the glorification of Goddess Lalitha.
Jayaraman is one of the leading exponents in the field of bharatanatyam today. She is especially known for her group choreography and is hailed as a master in the art of nattuvangam. She is a versatile artist who is also well-versed in Karnatik vocal, veena, flute, harmonium, and mridangam.


Jayaraman choreographs and produces unique thematic dance dramas and is considered a highly creative and imaginative dance teacher. She has received outstanding reviews for her work and some of her popular group productions include Shakti Prabhavam, Shiva Prabhavam, Krishnanjali, and Shanmuga Prabhavam.
She has released six full-length bharatanatyam dance audio cassettes and CDs: Lalitha Vandanam, Nrithya Geetham, Bharatha Geetham, Guru Samarpanam, Nardhana Priya, Krishnam Smarami, and Pranamamyaham. Several of her compositions continue to be presented by dance teachers in the Bay Area.
Sunday, June 7, 3:30 p.m. CET Theater, 701 Vine Street, San Jose. $15, $20; sponsors free. (510) 623-8230, (408) 729-4872, (408), Tickets:

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