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FLAMENCO NATYAM: a mosaic of Flamenco and Indian dance Inspired by the Indian origins of gypsies from Andalusia in southern Spain, Flamenco Natyam explores similarities between Flamenco and the dance and music of south India, since Carnatic music reflects the kind of music that the gypsies carried with away with them from India many centuries ago. Presented at the Guggenheim Museum NY's Works & Process series, and later on tour in India, Flamenco Natyam, began as a collaboration between Rajika Puri and flamenco dancer, La Conja, who traced similarities between Flamenco and Bharata Natyam - through rhythm and melody, footwork and gesture. The centre-piece of the show was PANI, a suite for sitar and flamenco guitar, composed by gypsy guitarist Pedro Cortes. Pani, which means 'water' in both Hindi and Calo (the language of the Spanish gypsies), consists of an alegrias and a solea por bulerias - danced as a duet by La Conja and Rajika.


This unique ensemble of Flamenco dancers, singers, and musicians combines the power of pure Flamenco with the most diverse influences of tap, ballet, modern, jazz, dance-theater and other musical
traditions of East and West. On the cutting edge of new trends in Flamenco, Mimbre y Vareta Ensemble Flamenco stretches the boundaries of this traditional form to produce exciting new variations. Of particular note is La Conja's exploration of her own unique background in "Tangos Arabe" in which she sings in Arabic to the Flamenco rhythm of Tangos, and combines the sensual undula- tions of Egyptian folk dance with the percussive footwork of Flamenco.

"Pani," a mosaic of Flamenco and Indian dance set to a duet for guitar and sitar, begins as an exploration of Indian movement to Flamenco music and ends as a dynamic duet fusing Flamenco and Indian dance. La Conja's continuing collaboration with musical director Pedro Cortes takes exciting advantage of his innovative instrumentation, unusual harmonies and intricate rhythms, and his ability to improvise, drawing on his own rich musical heritage as third generation of a family of Spanish Gypsy guitarists.


 

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