TORONTO: Internationally renowned choreographer Madurai Muralidaran will share his knowledge of Bharatanatyam with 120 local Indian classical dance artists as they come together to stage Sivagamiyin Sabatham on July 5 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
The performance is a dance adaptation of the 1944 Tamil historical novel that sparked widespread interest in Tamil history when it was published. It is the first North American production based on the novel.
Considered to be one of the greatest Tamil novels ever written, Sivagamiyin Sabatham is the story of love and revenge, set in the seventh-century south India, and revolves around the historical events of the Indian royal dynasty that ruled parts of southern and central India.
The dance performance is part of The Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America (FeTNA) convention to be hosted by the Canadian Tamil Congress here from July 5 to 7.
Thousands of Tamils from the United States and other countries are coming to Toronto to celebrate Tamil language, culture and heritage.
Muralidharan is available at dance rehearsals taking place in Scarborough and Mississauga June 10, 11 and June 12. Time and locations for rehearsals are listed below. Many of these dance participants are from Scarborough, Mississauga and other GTA locations.
Muralidharan, who has more than 20 dance productions to his credit, performed in India, the U.S., Sri Lanka, Singapore, Canada and South Africa. He and his wife Chitra Muralidaran now run the Nrithyakshethra Dance Academy in Chennai.
Rehearsal time and locations:
June 10: 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. 24 Euclid Avenue, Scarborough
June 11: 8: 30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., 12 Falconer Drive, Mississauga
June 12: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Canada Sri Ayyappan Temple, 635 Middlefield Road, Scarborough.