Durban: The Indian dance festival celebrating the ‘Cosmic Man’

Purusham is an all-male dance festival hosted in Durban, South Africa that, which pays homage to the masculine aspect of classical Indian dance.

The 2017 inaugural, sold-out performance of “Purusham – Celebrating the Cosmic Man” was showered with glowing accolades and the 2018 edition is set to be bigger and better.

For further enquiries contact Taresh Harreeparshad on 073 65 67 551

  • Date: 24th June 2018
  • Time: 5pm
  • Venue: Thekwini College (262 Daintree Avenue, Asherville, Durban)
  • Tickets: R70 (at the door)

From the initial ensemble of four cast members, the 2018 edition has a cast of seven seasoned performers that will feature solo and collaborated dance performances. Purusham will feature classical dance arts of Bharata Natyam, Kathak and a solo presentation of a Kuchipudi performance by local dance artist Priyen Naidoo.

Meet the divine cast of Purusham 2018

Rishalan Govender (Bharata Natyam)

Rishalan Govender is a published medical biochemist by profession from Park Rynie, a suburb along the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. He is currently a final year medical student at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine. Rishalan has been an active member of the NTVS eisteddfod movement for the promotion and propagation of Tamil culture and heritage.

He recently toured South India, offering Bharatanatyam at various temples under the banner of Natya Ananda. He is the founder and artistic director of the Sampurna Sampradaya Institute of Fine Arts (SSIFA); an organisation offering holistic moulding for young individuals in the classical arts, as well as health and medicine.

Rory Booth (Kathak)

Rory Booth is an award winning South African performing artist who is also an established writer. He is best known for co-writing the recent South African big screen blockbuster ‘Keeping Up With The Kandasamys’.

Rory’s Dance career as a kathakaar sprouted when he joined Kala Darshan in 2011 under the Guru-Shishya parampara tutelage of Guru Sri Manesh Maharaj. He was able to mesh his love for dance in film, in Jayan Moodley’s ‘The Dance’ which used Kathak as a medium to tell a story.

Purusham marks Rory’s second solo offering in the art of Kathak.

Priyen Naidoo (Kuchipudi)

Priyen Naidoo is a 25-year-old candidate attorney, graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with an LLB degree. He studied Kuchipudi from the tender age of 8 under Mekantha Naidu, who graduated under the the renowned Vempati Chinna Satyam of Kuchipudi Art Academy in Chennai in India.

Priyen is also a teacher and dancer at the Nateshwar Dance Company under Smeetha Maharaj. He works fluidly in the field of contemporary and Bollywood as well.

Cameron Govender (Bharata Natyam)

NatyaArasan Cameron Govender  is a 22-year-old Bharatha Natyam dancer who started his dance career at the age of just two, when he often broke out into dance when music played.

At the age of 6 he was enrolled at the Krish Swamivel Dance Institute and later the Shri Saradha Institute of Arts and Culture under the tutelage of Abhinaya Arasi Sujatha H. Kannan Veeramani, here he made his official debut performance in April 2014.

Cameron has since performed on various prestigious stages both nationally and internationally, following in the parampara of his Guru’s; serving his sadhana through his dharma. He has been teaching the art of Bharatha Natyam, modern, folk, Latin american and contemporary dance to all those eager to learn. He is also a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where is majoring in drama, performance studies and psychology.

Pavishen Paideya (Kathak)

At the tender age of 5, Pavishen commenced his dance training in both modern and tap with the Minette de Klerk Dance Academy, later adding spanish and finally ballet to his repertoire. He joined the Nateshwar Dance Company in their array of productions of ‘Chalo Cinema’ under the artistic and principal direction of Smeetha Maharaj.

He’s also been a part of SADTA’s succession of ‘Shall We Dance’ since 2008 with the direction of Neville Letard and Caryl Cussens. In 2013, Pavishen joined the Playhouse Dance Residency- performing pieces choreographed by Adele Blank, David Matamela, Christopher Kindo as well as Mark Hawkins. In 2015 he successfully auditioned for the South African National Dance Trust’s national tour of ‘Spartacus of Africa’, choreographed and directed by Veronica Peiper.

In June 2017 saw him establish the ‘Rudra Dance Theatre’ – a Bollywood dance company. At 25-years-old Pavishen is currently the artistic director of Rudra Dance Theatre, a tap and modern teacher at Minette de Klerk Dance Academy, a Bollywood and contemporary teacher at Nateshwar Dance Company and an up and coming choreographer.

He also performs in the capacity of a freelance dancer – having worked with Nateshwar Dance Company, KZN Dance productions, Cape Dance Company and the Tribhangi Dance Company.

Vishkir Dayanand (Bharata Natyam)

Vishkir Dayanand, a graduate and teacher at Lageshrie’s School of Dance, has been dancing since he took his first steps. His love for dance blossomed under the tutorship of his mom, Srimathi Lageshrie Phillips, and he made his first appearance on stage at the age of two when he performed with Natya Perasu Madurai R Muralidaran in his “Kamba Ramayan” production in South Africa. A

fter graduating, Vishkir had some training under Natya Perasu Madurai R Muralidaran, Srimati Chitra Muralidaran, Srimati Swagata Pillai and Krishnan Nair of Kalakshetra Institute of Fine Arts. He has performed widely throughout South Africa and also in China. He currently assists with teaching in his mother’s school and has accompanied her as a nattuvangist in many of the school’s arrangetrams. On the academic field, he is a final year medical student.

Taresh Harreeparshad (Kathak)

Taresh Harreeparshad is a talk show host on Newsbreak for Lotus FM. He is a multi-award winning journalist whose passion lies in political reporting. He fell in love with the performing arts six years ago.

Under the tutelage of Guru Shri Manesh Maharaj at the Kala Darshan Institute of Classical Music and Dance, Taresh has undergone intense training in Kathak.

His goal is to keep the vibrancy of Kathak alive through bringing the compositions to life on stage, through his bakthi led interpretation of it.

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