The Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma, bringing to life a selection of painted heroines through Bharatanatyam. This dance showcase explores the emotions as depicted in Raja Ravi Varma’s 14 well-known paintings of Sita, Bhoomadevi, Damayanthi, Radha, Shakuntala and Yasodha. Known for their beauty, the lives Raja Ravi Varma’s painted heroines were filled with romance, love and tragedy. Each enactment is staged with appropriate poetry from various genres and meticulously designed costumes, reflecting the style of the paintings itself. Be mesmerized as their stories come to life, from their easels, to speak to you through dance.
“Paintings generally appeal only to connoisseurs of Art, who are able to understand its many layers of meanings communicated by the painter. The dance production by Apsaras Arts – “The Heroines of Raja Ravi Varma” brings out the innate emotions and expression hidden in a painting enabling viewers to easily understand the hidden messages as intended by the painter – Ravi Varma”
Shankar Khankhoje, 92 years old Visual Artist (Pune, India / Singapore), January 2012.