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The Japanese Niko and Bharatnatyam

March 16, 2017

The Japanese Niko and Bharatnatyam
Presented by
The Bangalore School of Music
In association with Lotus and Chrysanthemum Trust

This is a rare treat for Bangalore audiences. Japanese artiste, Haruyo Kimura on the Niko, a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, which may also be called an ‘Exotic 2 Strings Violin. This recital will be followed by a scintillating Bharatnatyam performance by Sneha Devanandan.

Study says the legendary King Ravana who ruled Southern India and Ceylon Island invented the original form of Niko, known then as Ravanastron which is believed to be the origin of many a bowed musical instrument and was introduced to China through the Silk Road.

In China, this instrument further developed for hundreds of years, where it was known as Erhu. Japan, the final destination of the Silk Route in the east, finally met this two stringed bowed musical instrument thousands of years after its original creation and was called the Niko. In Japan, the Niko independently since 1980s especially after Japan China Joint Communique 1972.

About Haruyo Kimura
Haruyo Kimura was born in Kobe Japan. She is highly valued for bringing out the best characteristic of Niko and Kokyu which both sound like a woman singing. Her tune simulates the sound of singing and she is considered a Diva in the world of Niko.

She performs in various locations around the world and has released various CDs. She has appeared in NHK (Japanese National Broad Casting Corp) radio drama and many movies. She is definitely one of the most progressive musicians of thie present day.


About Sneha Devanandan
A” grade artist of Doordarshan Empaneled artist of ICCR, Yuva Prathibha award from Kannada and Culture Department, Government of Karnataka, Young Achcievers’ Award from Rotary Bangalore, Vidwat (Proficiency) in Bharathanatyam from Government of Karnataka, and a host of other accolades to her credit, Sneha Devanandan is a rare combination of a flawless dancer, choreographer, teacher and commerce graduate and has established herself as a renowned artist not only in Bangalore but across the country. At a young age, she has not only been awarded numerous awards from art lovers and recognition from the media but has also performed in many important dance festivals not only in India and abroad in countries like USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, Australia, Dubai and Kuwait.

She is one of the senior disciples of the ever charismatic awardee of Bharatha Sikkaram, Natyarani Shanthala and Karnataka Rajyotsava – Late Guru Mrs Padmini Ramachandran, Natyapriya Bangalore.

Sneha is the principal dancer with the Punyah Dance Company and the Raadha Kalpa Dance Company. Her performance in the productions of both the troops has been breath taking.

The event is open to all those looking forward to the rare treat of live Japanese music and truly gripping Indian Dance.
For more details contact the BSM (080-41285017:Monday through Saturday, 11:00am to 7:00pm)

The Concert will be held on Friday | 17th March 2017 | 7:00 PM

Aruna Sunderlal Auditorium,
The Bangalore School of Music,
R T Nagar

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