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Johor Baru dance school marks 20 years

Pic courtesy of Suvarna Fine ArtsPic courtesy of Suvarna Fine ArtsJohor Baru-born dancer Ajith Bhaskaran Dass (pic) marks his school's 20th anniversary with Panchaayatana, exploring the "Finite Manifestations of the Infinite", on July 13.

The title comes from the Sanskrit words Pancha (five) and Yatana (god).

"Instead of random pieces about the Hindu gods, I've woven my thoughts around five deities, as expounded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya through the Smartha tradition of worship. The five deities are Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha.

"The narration is important in Panchaayatana, as links," said Ajith, adding that "it was a lengthy process to come up with Panchaayatana, and the dance rehearsals alone took 3 months."

Panchaayatana will premiere in Kuala Lumpur on July 13, accompanied by eminent musicians from Malaysia and Singapore before it is performed in Singapore 's University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore, on July 20.

Excerpts of the dance will be performed in Chennai late this year for the annual Narthaki Festival.

Catch Panchaayatana on July 13, 7.30pm-9.30pm, at Lim Bee Auditorium, Kompleks Tan Sri Jeffery Cheah, Sekolah Chee Wen, USJ1 Subang Jaya. There is no intermission. For details, call + 6012 309 6369. - July 8, 2013.

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