The world of Alarmel Valli
A film by Sankalp Meshram
Winner of the 2012 National Award for Best Film on Art & Culture
'Lasya Kavya' - a film on iconic Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Alarmel Valli, by award-winning director Sankalp Meshram, explores the intellectual, emotional and spiritual contexts within which she performs. A diverse range of performance, rehearsal, choreography and teaching sequences are interwoven with interviews and archival footage of the dancer with her dance and music gurus, offering glimpses into core ideas and complex facets of her art.
Acclaimed internationally for her distinctive dance style, "which is classical and yet contemporary, precise and poetic", Alarmel Valli has performed in major festivals and theatres in India and abroad. Amongst her numerous awards, are the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan conferred by the President of India and the Chevalier of Arts and Letters award from the Government of France.
Lasya Kavya: A Flash Frame Production
Script, direction and editing: Sankalp Meshram Dance concept and choreography: Alarmel Valli Voice-over text and translation of lyrics: Alarmel Valli, Bhaskar Ghose Director of cinematography: Vivek Shah Location sound: Vipin Bhati Audio mixing: Gissy Michael, Ajay Kumar Executive producer: Sankalp Meshram DVD compression and authoring: Prasad EFX Background music: CDs of Charsur Digital Workstation Photographs: S. Anwar