From 10th century ancient Indian temples to Toronto's main stages, Bharathanatyam or South Indian Classical dance has made quite the journey. Join us on Thursday, April 19 for Kanthan Aadal, a concise characterization of Murugan, deity of the Tamil people. Featuring live accompaniment by Toronto based musicians, we will be presenting an entire repertoire based on Murugan. According to Tamil literature dating back to the Sangam period (approx. 300 BCE-300 CE), Tamil land was divided into the following types: Marudam (agriculture), Neital (seashore), Mullai (forest/pasture), Palai (desert) and Kurinji(mountain/hill). The presiding deity over the Kurinji region was said to be Murugan. With references made to texts written by Arunagirinathar, Avvaiyar and other prominent Tamil scholars from the 2nd century to the 15th century, through this recital we wish to show the different dimensions of Murugan and explore the reasoning as to why he is proclaimed to be the deity of the Tamil people.
Professor Sudharshan Duraiyappah will be our compère and will be providing the audience with the meaning behind each dance piece and its significance in relation to Murugan. An ultimate exploration of the works of legends past and what their significance is in today’s world.
Nattuvangam (Conductor): Dr. Narthaki Nataraj
Vocal: Saibrundha Arunthavashanmuganathan
Mridangam (Percussion): Gowrishanker
Violin: Thanathevy Mithradeva M.A. (Music)
Compère and Commentary: Prof. Sudharshan Duraiyappah
Date/Time: Thursday, April 19 from 7:00-9:00
Venue: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
Tickets and event details can be found at http://kanthanaadal.eventbrite.ca
Doors open at 6:30 pm. The recital will take place from 7-9 pm. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door prior to the performance.