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Payum Oli – A Kathak Tribute to Madras

by devaniya on June 30, 2015

“Payum Oli” – this beautiful song was chosen by Devaniya to depict their Theme “I am Madras”. It is a Kathak tribute to the Madras, the cultural capital of India. This dance is choreographed to Mahakavi Bharathiyar’s “Payum oli nee yennukku…” sung in the melodious voice of Bombay Jayshree. Raag – Bhairavi, Taal – teen taal.

Payum Oli - A Kathak Tribute to Madras

We present a humble interpretation of Bharathiyar’s beautiful love song for the topic we have chosen – I AM MADRAS, interwoven with prose, verse and rhythmic interludes.

Payum Oli - A Kathak Tribute to Madras

Payum Oli - A Kathak Tribute to Madras

In our interpretation of this love song, the city eulogises its dweller like a lover, and in turn the dweller reciprocates…

Payum Oli - A Kathak Tribute to Madras

Madras, a lightweight cotton fabric with typically patterned texture and plaid design, used primarily for summer clothing, takes its name from the former name of the city of Chennai from where it first made its way to the west. The ensemble of the costumes worn by the dancers in our presentation today are Madras checks, Temple jewelry and the famous Madras half Sari. They reflect Madras in a subtle yet defining manner.

Payum Oli - A Kathak Tribute to Madras

Although the dance form of our presentation is Kathak, the classical form of North India, the song is in Tamil, the costumes and accessories are Chennai centric and thus, true to the mood of the song, North and south blend into one…just as the city and dweller merge their identities.

Payum Oli - A Kathak Tribute to Madras

This was for an inter dance school competition hosted by Aalap at Krishna Gana Sabha, T.Nagar on 28th June, 2015. The young dancers in the presentation are: Swetha Sundararajan, Keerthana Govindarazan, Sankari Srinivas, Avani Giri and Ashmini Balakrishnan.

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