Ratna is an award-winning Indo-Kiwi Dancer specialised in the Indian classical dance styles of Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak.
She has carved a niche in New Zealand through some unique cross-cultural fusion dance performances – Indo-Western, Indo-Chinese, Indo-Māori and many more.
Winner of the ‘2016 Diwali Young Achiever Award’ awarded by ANZ Bank and Honorary Title of ‘Kuchipudi Princess,’ presented by former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (2016).
Session 1: Keeping Up With the Gods
Ratna Venkat will be presenting a traditional Kuchipudi dance recital showcasing the major Deities (Gods and Goddesses) of Hinduism.
Beginning with a prayer to Lord Ganesha, the Remover of all obstacles, Ratna continues with Lord Shiva (the Master of Yoga and all Arts), Goddess Shakti (Female Primordial Energy) and Lord Vishnu (the Protector of the Universe).
Apart from displaying grace and stamina, Ratna’s recital will also include interesting acrobatic features and fast rhythmic footwork, guaranteeing to leave the audience spellbound.
Session 2: “Branching Out”
‘Branching out, yet remaining firm on the ground’ is the topic that Ratna will be demonstrating in her dance presentation, cum workshop for Yoga/Dance enthusiasts. The first half is a recital of Ratna’s famous pieces from her fusion repertoire, such as Indo-Maori and the powerful ‘Shiv Tandav’ with a Celtic influence.
Following the performance will be a workshop where participants will have the opportunity to learn how to dance like Lord Shiva (known in Hinduism as the Master of Yoga and Dance), as well as exhibiting some therapeutic footwork patterns to relax the mind and body.