Modern Perspective. Ancient Traditions. Timeless Values.

"The detailed research, the excellent yet unobtrusive musical score, the sensitive dance choreography and tasteful costumes had come together seamlessly in a vibrant panorama. This could not have been achieved without individual and collective passion... this is a must-see' programme"
- The Hindu, Rupa Srikanth (September 12 2006)

"A meaningful theme with a sharp relevance to the present, arresting choreography, music that effortlessly ranges from the classical to the folk, and vibrant, well researched costumes..."
- Kausalya Santhanam, The Hindu (September 2006)

Past Productions

Ekaantha Seetha - a lonely furrow

The Production

Ekaantha Seetha will be a true dance drama, with dance, music and drama as intrinsic components. The Dhananjayans and Rathna will actively communicate with the audience in their colorful roles as musicians, narrators and dancers, using both English and Indian languages.

With its choreography in the able hands of the Dhananjayans, Ekaantha Seetha promises to be a creative, artistic and exciting production.

Professor T.V.Gopalakrishnan is almost the ideal composer for a dance production. He is a skilled vocalist in the classical music schools of both South and North India, a doyen among Indian percussionists and a composer of dance oriented musical pieces such as varnams and thillanas.

The principal performers are all highly seasoned and skilled dancers, each of whom could carry an entire production on her own. With their deep involvement in choreography, they possess the creative insight and sensitivity that transforms dance into true drama.

Ranjitha Ashok is a journalist, a writer and, more importantly, a keen observer of the Indian milieu. Her contribution to CCA's Silappadhikaaram was indeed valuable.

Lakshmi Srinath, an artist and a designer, designed the costumes for Silappadhikaaram. She is more than up to the challenge of creating costumes spanning multiple millennia.

Many of the artists have helped and been involved with CCA from its very inception. Now in its fifteenth year, CCA brings these artists, all of whom have spent many years in promoting Indian classical art forms in North America, together in celebration - a celebration of great women over a span of thousands of years.

The production's dance styles and music will range from the highly classical to folk, from evocative ragams to martial rhythms, from foreign adversaries to village bullies and from uplifting moments to rustic humor. In line with its protagonists, the languages used in the production will include Valmiki's Sanskrit, the Hindi of Tulsidas and Subhadhra Chauhan and India's most recent language, English.

Most of the music for the production will be recorded, but the singing, recitations and narrations of the Katha Kaalakshepam performers will be live.

CCA is confident that Ekaantha Seetha will be as successful as its earlier productions in entertaining, educating, provoking and enthralling its audiences.