Hailed a child prodigy, Mythili Prakash began her career as a dancer at the age of eight under the tutelage of her mother, renowned dancer and musician Viji Prakash. She has gone on to become the pride of her generation, achieving the unusual feat of receiving plaudits from audiences and critics in the United States and India alike. With work that has been described as “exquisite” and containing “electrifying high-voltage movement,” she is a new breed of dancer. Mythili draws upon the spiritual and blends traditional practices with charismatic contemporary expressions in choreography and presentation.
The honors Mythili has received are evidence of the rewards of such devotion to the emotive beauty and spirituality of this ancient art form. From being named ARTINDIA’s Best Bharata Natyam Dancer to being selected to represent India on NBC’s Superstars of Dance to the numerous awards for her outstanding contribution to and propagation of Indian Classical Dance, Mythili’s ability to push the boundaries of the storied South Indian dance rituals has garnered the attention of leading critics.
However validating the accolades may be, Mythili’s sense of achievement is tied to one goal: making classical Indian dance accessible to contemporary audiences without losing its essential complexity. According to Asia Society Texas Center’s Director of Programs Sabrina Lynn Motley, Mythili does just this. “Mythili’s open incorporation of new themes and ideas into a traditional art form, not only makes for an entrancing performance, but allows audiences to see the meaningful expression of the dance.”
Mythili will also present a Master Class workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Anjali School of Dance, which is located at 2615 Cordes Plaza, Sugar Land (visit AnjaliCenter.org for information about the Master Class).