Mythili Prakash is recognized as one of the world’s leading young exponents of bharatanatyam. Her inventive approach to classicism revitalizes the dance form and awakens the physicality, musicality, and expressive theatricality of the dance to create an exceptional style that is distinct and meaningful to audiences across the world. Prakash uses traditional repertoire while extending the technique to create new structures connecting her extraordinarily rich and intense style with a sharp contemporary intellect.
Prakash has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She began her training in the Thanjavur tradition of nharatanatyam at the age of 4 under the tutelage of her mother, Viji Prakash, a virtuoso of this dance form and student of grand masters Guru Kalyanasundaram and Guru Mahalingam Pillai, directors of the Sri Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, in Bombay.
Deeply rooted in the sacred, based on classical vocabulary, and infused with contemporary perspective, Prakash’s choreography in “DhrishtyaKaavyam” brings to life the various facets of bharatanatyam, ranging from vibrant and explosive rhythmic dance passages to spectacular theatrical narratives based on Indian mythology to spiritually uplifting images of beauty and love inspired by some of the most prolific poets in Indian history.
Friday, Sept.11, 8 p.m. Cubberley Auditorium, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. $25; $15 senior/student/children under 15. Tickets: http://sulekha.com. (408) 871-5959, (510) 623-8230, (310) 280-1108.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 7:15 p.m. James Armstrong Theater, Torrance Perforing Arts Center, 33300 Civic Center Dr., Torrance. (310)781-7171. firstname.lastname@example.org.