NatyaSutra’s newest offering is Guru Neena Prasad teaching students the Ananda Bhairavi Swarajathi. Swarajathi is a Carnatic musical composition in Mohiniyattam that is lyrical in nature. Swarajathis are usually devotional and often speak about the courage and triumph of the deity. Ananda Bhairavi Swarajathi is simple but has complexities in its rhythm. Dr. Neena Prasaad teaches the students individual components of each part of composition and elaborates on the performance's technical aspects. The learner here is Guru Neena Prasad's disciple Thomas Vo Van Tao, who hails from France. Bringing his own masculine charm to a traditionally feminine art form, Thoma's Swarajathi performance guides the learners through the nuances of this classical composition..
Dr. Neena Prasad's teachings commence with an overview of the Swarajathi, elaborating upon its various facets. The Guru then teaches the students the Ananda Bhairavi Swarajathi, individual components of each part, and elaborates on the performance's technical aspects. This class simplifies the teaching process for learners by providing a complete version of the composition and student demonstrations for better understanding.
Dr. Neena Prasad offers detailed analysis, demonstration, and advice on how students must appropriately approach Revati Raga in this Mohiniyattam Thillana. Demonstrations followed by lectures and explanations are the format followed in this course. The different movements of the dancer in the Thillana, the adavus, korvais, and mudras, are carefully explained.