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  • Sat 19 Sep ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


Kavanagh College Auditorium, 340 Rattray St, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General: $12.00
  • Students/Concession: $10.00

Maathe, is an Indian dance recital performed by Natyaloka School of Indian Dance on Saturday, September 19th, 6.30 p.m. at Kavanagh College Auditorium, Dunedin. This production is supported by Dunedin Creative Communities and University of Otago Performing Arts Fund.

Maathe is based on the story of Goddess Meenakshi, the one who has eyes like that of a fish, who rules the South Indian city of Madurai. Considered to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi, Meenakshi is the epitome of strength, beauty and talents in performing arts. Born to King Malayadwaja Pandyan and his consort Queen Kanchanmala after endless prayers, it is believed that she emerged from fire as a three-year-old girl. Growing up, she was taught the art of war, dance, music and was throned as the Queen soon after King Malayadwaja's death. Soon, Meenakshi embarked on a dig-vijaya, a military campaign of victory across the length and breadth of her country. After numerous victories on earth, Meenakshi attacked Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. She defeated all the soldiers and generals of the Lord. Seeing this, Lord Shiva himself came to fight the fearless queen. But as soon as Meenakshi saw the Lord, they fell in love and they were married in Madurai. Meenakshi Kalyanam—the marriage of Goddess Meenakshi with Lord Shiva—is celebrated annually to this day at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. A story that entwines reality and fiction, it is believed that Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva ruled the city of Madurai for several years as mortal human beings.

Maathe will be performed by the dancers of Natyaloka who will be showing an abstract of the story of Goddess Meenakshi. They will explore the different facets of her childhood, her skills in arts and crafts, her strength and grit and her love for her people. Maathe is a journey that discovers that there are traits of Goddess Meenakshi in everyone of us.

Choreographed by Swaroopa Unni who runs Natyaloka School of Indian Dance in Dunedin, the show will have dancers showcasing the dance style of Bharatanatyam. Some of the music used will portray how Indian music was influenced by Western compositions during the Colonial rule.

Tickets are $12/$10 and will be available at dashtickets (booking fee apply) and door sales (cash only). Doors open at 5.30 p.m. For more details contact Swaroopa Unni at natyalokanz@gmail.com.

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