Organization - Aru Sri Art Theatre

Aru Sri Art Theatre
Basic Information
English Aru Sri Art Theatre
Local language අරූ ශ්රී රඟහල
Country Sri Lanka
Category Art Organization
Domain Performing Arts
Function Education and Training
Promotion
Established year 2004
Objectives

The mission of Aru Sri Art Theater is to focus on ethnic harmony. The theater has produced numerous multi- cultural concerts titled UNITY IN DIVERSITY by popular demand. It believes that art and culture are the best method to build bridges among human beings with different ethnic, religious, and national origins.

Training:

To provide training on traditional folk dance and music to young learners.

Promotion:

To organise shows at national and international level to promote the traditional and folk dance and music forms and to fetch recognition for the artis

Introduction

Aru Sri Art Theater preserves the pristine purity of traditional performing art forms, to present varied repertoire of music and dance to audiences all over the country and abroad, to render contemporary interpretations from a rich heritage of lore, and synthesis classical and folk styles of dance and music into innovative artistic productions. The theatre began with a dynamic and inspired team of versatile musicians and dancers under the direction of Dr. Arunthathy Shri Ranganathan. Together they imbued their creative energies into the heart of the repertory, producing ethnic harmony concerts and legendary dance dramas. The vision of the team was to develop the theatre as a place where traditional art forms can flourish alongside contemporary interpretations. The belief is that it is as imperative to carry age – old traditions in to the new millennium, as it is to provide a fertile ground for growth and change.

Aru Sri Art Theatre’s talented large assembly of musicians and dancers from diverse backgrounds, convey a convincing and memorable message of unity in diversity. The trained students have travelled widely, performed in prestigious festivals around the globe, and collaborated with many International Organizations. The theatre offers audiences contemporary interpretations and innovative productions of rich historical and cultural lore, while retaining the purity of the traditional performing arts.

Aru Sri Art theater preserves the pristine purity of traditional performing art forms, to present varied repertoire of music and dance to audiences all over the country and abroad, to render contemporary interpretations from a rich heritage of lore, and synthesis classical and folk styles of dance and music in to innovative artistic productions.

Major Activities

Arusri Art Theatre provides training in traditional and folk dance and music. Organizing shows at national and international levels, it promotes traditional and folk dance and music forms and gives due recognition to the artists.

The ultimate dialogue and bridge-building exercise takes the form of creating something together, with a feeling of oneness. In doing so, music becomes the language of emotions and dance unites people of traumatized societies with the power of rhythm. The productions of Aru Sri Art Theater present together the art forms of different communities, in an attempt to emphasize the point that art knows no boundaries. To establish this point, sometimes shows are designed to represent Candian and Bharatham dance forms together (Bharatham is generally practiced by Sri Lankan Tamils and Kandyan is a classical Sinhalese dance form), or dances are performed along with poems of different languages. Blending of different dance and musical forms and different languages is the signature style of Aru Sri Art Theater. As a result of their effort, Tamils and Sinhalese community have started appreciating each other’s dance forms.

Aru Sri Art Theatre has created a new socio-economic environment especially for women dancers as many married women are getting platform to showcase their talent and getting opportunity of earning some income and start their own classes causing economic improvement and change in social status of women.

Aru Sri Art theatre has traveled widely, performed in prestigious festivals around the globe, and collaborated with many international organizations-

  • Angkor Wat Cambodian Dance Drama at Esplene’de Singapore – collaboration with Apsaras Arts Singapore.
  • Commonwealth Peoples forum opening Ceremony – collaboration with Ravibandu Vidyapathi Dance Ensemble.
  • Oslo Mela in Norway.
  • International Ramayana festival in India and Indonesia.
  • New Opera House opening in Norway.
  • Voice of Asia festival in Kazhakstan.
  • Shanghai Music and Dance festival in China.
  • Ferde folk music and Dance festival in Norway.

The group offers audiences contemporary interpretations and innovative productions of rich historical and cultural lore, while retaining the purity of the traditional performing arts.

Contact Information (Organization)
Website http://www.arunthathy.com/arusri-art-theatre
Address 40th lane, Colombo -06, Wallawatte, Srilanka
Tel 0094777314425
Fax
E-mail info@arunthathy.com

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