'Anekdotes - many stories' is the Storytelling wing of 'A Flower Child'
Storytelling based on Indian Classical Dance music, body language and gestures helps in reviving the dying tradition of traditional classical dramatic storytelling.
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The Capture of Golconda
The Madman of Naranath
The Cow of Plenty
“Energetic and Expressive” by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan, Classical Singer from the Patiala Gharana, Pakistan
"I enjoyed when you showed Himsuka and the King playing chess.. The needle thread thing.. I could see you have spent a lot of time and creativity on them. Really liked the deer Alaripu idea. Very Novel.. And I must say you had excellent support from Sai and Srikanth for the music. Sai's compositions were so sparkling and beautiful. " ~ Kiranmayee Madupu, Bharatanatyam Danseuse, Hyderabad
Neha, that was a wonderful performance by you. Noticed that after a correct story or stories is chosen for a particular event, a lot of work goes into it. It requires good memory, clarity and diction, right modulation and good language delivery skills. Apart from all this the body language takes a great share. All this put together requires the right amount of energy. You were super energetic. Fantastic Job. Loved every bit of your performance.
The interwoven music truly added value to the narration and elevated it further." ~ Geeta Ganesan, Senior Bharatanatyam Guru, Hyderabad
"It was so original and different. Hats off to you for following your dream" - Sharmila Taneja - Bharatanatyam Danseuse, Hyderabad
"We had a great time. And believe me, I need to meet Neha again. My daughter is sleeping with the postcard every night, requesting me she wants to learn the act. Please convey my wishes to her. - Ms. Jaya from the audience to my Husband
The journey so far
Classical Dramatic Storytelling has been a part of the Indian tradition and culture and it is slowly becoming a dying art. Neha started storytelling for in its simplest form for Schools and NGOS.
Neha, being a Classical Dancer, included elements of Classical Dance, abhinaya or expressions and, mudras or hand gestures and the Indian Classical dance body language, into snippets of her stories. Under constant encouragement and guidance of her Guru this gradually blossomed into something completely different from where she had started. She named this storytelling initiative ‘Anekdotes – many stories’ and she has a Youtube Channel by the same name where she posts new stories every other Saturday.
She started worked with highly accomplished musicians like Sri Sai Kolanka and Dr. R Srikanth. Sri Sai composes various music and jathi or rhythmic patterns to which Neha choreographs snippets of her stories. And she saw this beautiful metamorphosis of Anekdotes from a simple ance based storytelling session – to a stream of stories replete with dance sequences set to classical music, and the biggest discovery for her was that she saw this as a revival of the slowly fading rich tradition of classical dramatic storytelling.