Anita Ratnam (Chennai, India)

ANITA RATNAM in Stone… once again – photo supplied

Saturday 29 August – 19h00

Sunday 30 August – 12noon (repeat screening)

Stone … once again

Co-choreography and performance: Anita Ratnam

Choreography: Hari Krishnan  

Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj at SAMA studios

Her birth and marriage were not her decisions. Her life was prescribed by loneliness and solitude. Lawless beauty, discarded wife, shunned woman; Ahalya represents the many facets of her gender through centuries of misinterpretation and misogyny. Her enigma endures…her unfinished tale waits to be retold. This work was made after Donald Trump’s election as USA president.


ANITA RATNAM – Lakshmi – photo supplied

Ma3Ka (excerpts)

Performance and Production: Anita R Ratnam

Choreography: Hari Krishnan

Music and Sound Design: Anil Srinivsan, Darbuka Siva

Voice and Vocals: Revathi Sankkaran, Subhiksha Rangarajan and KSR Aniruddha

Recording Engineer: Vedanth Bharadwaj at SAMA studios

From awesome to ferocious, beautiful, graceful and powerful – all at once. 

She is the God Mother Trinity Supreme.

  • Saraswati: Knowledge Mother. Calling on us to awaken in wisdom.
  • Lakshmi: Prosperity Mother. Her Lotus feet walking through our lives, footprints of Abundance. 
  • Meenakshi: Warrior Mother. Divine Lioness, with her battle-ready Trishul, defends to protect and save us.

Anita Ratnam – Photo by Arun Munoz

Anita Ratnam is highly respected as a performer, writer, speaker, arts entrepreneur and culture mentor. She has been described as an “intersectionist”, whose work weaves the many disciplines of dance, theatre, spoken word, ritual, archaeology, dramaturgy and women’s issues. For over forty years, her distinguished career has witnessed over 1300 performances in 37 countries. Her formal training in Theatre, Bharata Natyam, Mohiniattam, and Kathakali has given Dr Ratnam a distinctive movement vocabulary that she has named NEO BHARATAM – a contemporary Indian kinetic situated on a mature body. Her main area of focus is in the re-interpretation of traditional tropes from myth and legend using a feminist lens.