Jyothsna Sainath
Jyothsna Sainath
Nitya Nritya Dance Company

Lead Me to Light (2021)

A short film in memory of the tragedy of September 11th. This is a collaboration with film-maker Sudipta Maity and was produced by Nitya Nritya Foundation toward the stream of the 5th Annual Nitya Nritya Festival in September 2021. 

Chaya - Bateria: Contours and Sounds (2021)

An ensemble screen dance project in collaboration with percussionist Wachira Waigwa-Stone and film-maker Parth Dudhiya, this was produced by the Nitya Nritya Foundation as part of its on-going series of short films, Arpana. 

Perspectives  (2018)

The “Rashomon Effect”, so named after the 1950 Kurosawa movie “Rashomon”, refers to the notion that an individual's perception is colored by what that individual is attuned to perceiving. In other words, we see what we want to see!

In a light hearted adaptation of this concept, students of Nitya Nritya Dance Company presented an everyday playground event from three different perspectives and then left the audience to choose their own!

Jyothsna Sainath collaborated with musicians local to the Salt Lake valley to create original music for the production.

Script and Choreography: Jyothsna Sainath
Music Composition and Arrangement: Samathmika Balaji and Shravanthi Manohar

Live Music Ensemble:

Voice:  Samathmika Balaji and Shravanthi Manohar
Nattuvangam:  Jyothsna Sainath
Mridangam: Jai Appaji
Violin:  Maya Iyer
Voice-over:  Vishal Jammulapati

Tala Bhedam - One Dance, Many Rhythms (2018)

An unusual ensemble repertoire in which each piece was characterized by rhythm and melodic shifts.

Concept and Choreography: Jyothsna Sainath

Live Music Ensemble:

Voice:  Aditya Kanukurthy
Nattuvangam:  Jyothsna Sainath
Mridangam:  Jai Appaji
Violin:  Maya Iyer

Panchatantra - Fables from India (2017)

“Panchatantra - Fables from India”

The Panchatantra is an ancient Sanskrit text of fables that teach principles of morality, friendship, statecraft and diplomacy through animal and other fables. Dated to be at least 2000 years old, this text is attributed to the scholar Vishnu Sharma who, as records suggest, employed story telling as a means to educating three young princes of the ancient city of Mahilaropya.  Five stories from Panchatantra were presented as part of the production, carefully chosen to reflect universal values of co-existence, friendship, love and mutual acceptance. These were presented mostly by young students of the Nitya Nritya Dance Company in September 2017.

Jyothsna Sainath collaborated with musicians from within and outside the Salt Lake valley to score original music. 

Credits:

Concept, Script and Choreography: Jyothsna Sainath
Melodic Compositions: Snigdha Venkataramani and Anabil Chaudhury
Rhythmic Compositions: Jyothsna Sainath and Debanjan Bhattacharya.

Live Musical Ensemble:

Voice:  Shruti Aravindan
Nattuvangam:  Jyothsna Sainath
Tabla:  Debanjan Bhattacharya
Violin:  Anabil Chaudhury
Voice-overs:  Vishal Jammulapati
Mridangam:  Jai Appaji
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What looked like a small patch of purple grass, above five feet square, was moving across the sand in their direction. When it came near enough he perceived that it was not grass; there were no blades, but only purple roots. The roots were revolving, for each small plant in the whole patch, like the spokes of a rimless wheel.

Apparently we had reached a great height in the atmosphere, for the sky was a dead black, and the stars had ceased to twinkle. By the same illusion which lifts the horizon of the sea to the level of the spectator on a hillside, the sable cloud beneath was dished out, and the car seemed to float in the middle of an immense dark sphere, whose upper half was strewn with silver.

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As I went on, still gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of blue, a splendid luminous color like that of early twilight; the jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.

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As I went on, still gaining velocity, the palpitation of night and day merged into one continuous greyness; the sky took on a wonderful deepness of blue, a splendid luminous color like that of early twilight; the jerking sun became a streak of fire, a brilliant arch, in space; the moon a fainter fluctuating band; and I could see nothing of the stars, save now and then a brighter circle flickering in the blue.

Sangam (2023)

A Bharatanatyam dance production with a live musical ensemble 
featuring the confluence of Indian voice and percussion, West African percussion and Native American flute. This cross-cultural collaboration, Sangam tells a selection of poignant stories about friendship, mutual respect and sustainability through the language of Bharatanatyam. Derived from ancient Sanskrit texts, Aesop and Native American fables, these stories were told with the valley’s own dancers and musicians from across genres.