Madurai R. Muralidharan loves to experiment. The Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer seems to be pushing his creative limits to new heights with his latest production, ‘Sense Beyond.'
Presented by Kalalaya-USA, NDA and Subasheela Academy of Fine Arts, ‘Sense Beyond' is a concept that is inspired by the Broadway musicals that Muralidharan watched during his trips to New York. “Watching long-running shows such as ‘Chicago,' ‘Beauty and The Beast' and ‘Les Misérables' set me thinking. These shows run for years and years, and to packed halls. In India, despite the abundant talent and so many ancient art forms, ventures here hardly find takers. Getting a full house just for one show is an uphill task here.” That's how ‘Sense Beyond' was born.
While the talented dancer, who runs Nrithyakshethra Dance Academy, has composed the music and penned the lyric, wife Chithra Muralidharan gets the credit for choreography. Muralidharan has moved away from myth and folklore written a story revolving round Yadhav, an orphan, whose only desire is to learn dance. “Yadhav traverses the land in search of his goal, meets people who practise various dance styles and finds his calling in Bharatanatyam. There's an element of mystique, plenty of humour and interesting dance segments.”