Reviews on Yudh - a bharatnatyam dance drama ballet by Savitha Sastry

Are you into performing arts or do you want to learn dance? Check out the details about one of the leading Bharatnatyam exponent Savitha Sastry and bharatnatyam classes conducted by Savitha Sastry in Delhi. This article also presents the reviews on Yudh, one of the latest choreographed performance of Savitha Sastry.

'Yudh' - a never ending fight between the good and evil. Yes! that is the theme of the most buzzed about bharatnatyam dance drama shows in India lately. After a real long time I got an opportunity to attend a Bharatnatyam dance recital "Yudh, three perspectives one truth", performed by the famous Bharatnatyam exponent Savitha Sastry. Rather I should better call it a solo Bharatnatyam dance drama ballet.

Table of Contents

  1. About Savitha Sastry
  2. 'YUDH', the dance drama ballet
  3. Feedback on the show Yudh

The story of "Yudh" revolves round the never ending fight between the good and the evil, the God and the Satan. Savitha beautifully portrayed the three perspectives of the God, the humans and the satan in the ballet. Savitha is one of the most talented danseuse. She is trained in the most beautiful classical dance form of India, Bharatnatyam. She is deeply rooted to this traditional dance form and is working to keep Bharatnatyam alive by bringing it to a wider range of audience.

About Savitha Sastry

Savitha Sastry
Savitha started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of six under Guru Mahalingam Pillai of Mumbai. She first performed on stage at the age of nine. Since then she has been giving enthralling performances in India as well as abroad. Among her teachers were the renowned gurus Padmabhushan VP Dhananjayan, Shanta Dhananjayan, and Padmashree Adyar K. Laxman in Chennai. She took her 'abhinaya'(facial expressions) training from the most famous Abhinaya exponent Mrs. Kalanidhi Narayan. Looking at her talent she has been empaneled in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Savitha's choreographies are really special and unique. She uses Bharatnatyam to narrate stories for her performances which act as a super medium to connect the audience tto the show. So far she has choreographed many dance drama ballets like 'Purushartha', 'Krishna – the Supreme Mystic', 'Music Within', 'Sacrifice', 'Soul Cages' and now 'YUDH – 3 perspectives,1 truth '.

'YUDH', the dance drama ballet

Yudh the bharatnatyam dance drama ballet
'Yudh', scripted and produced by A.K Shrikanth(Savitha's husband) was a dance drama ballet where all the characters where solely played by Savitha Sastry. 'Yudh' presented the fight between the God and the satan, the good and the evil in this choreography. Savitha enthralled the audience by solely playing 3 major characters of the story that were- The God, the satan(evil) and the human. The story was about a little girl Pavitra who was lured by an evil stranger. The main theme of the presentation was to portray the perspectives of the God, The humans (Pavitra's parents) and the satan on this particular evil incident.

Savitha very beautifully enacted the girl and her parents. The characters of God and satan were mostly presented using dance as the medium. She beautifully presented the fight between the God and the satan using bharatnatyam sequences. The music, lighting and costumes were awesome.

Feedback on the show Yudh

It was a mesmerizing experience to watch a fusion of a traditional dance form and drama on a current age scenario. I personally liked the dance sequences that kept coming in between when the good and the bad characters were shown. The music was very apt and the costumes were stunning. There was a small dance sequence on a Tamil song nearing the end of the show which further enhanced the beauty of the performance. At the end of the show Savitha and her crew even interacted with the audience to clear their queries and get their feedbacks. It was overall a superb effort. Her innovative technique has obviously proved that an old traditional dance form is not stuck in any boundaries and can go far beyond that.

Even though Savitha Shastry prefers to put a little international feel to Bharatnatyam but she is deeply grounded to the tradition of the art form i.e she strongly believes in the 'Guru-Shishya' parampara and thus she conducts Bharatnatyam classes in Delhi. The minimum age requirement for joining her classes is 7yrs as mentioned on her website.

You can get in touch with Savitha Sastry regarding performances or dance classes at or visit


Guest Author: Sunita Naik27 Mar 2013

I saw this show at Kamani Auditorium Delhi. I must say I have never seen anything like this before! It left me speechless! Yes, the lighting music and choreography were par excellence, but so was the story as written by her husband Srikanth. I think they make a marvellous couple and team! May there be many more!

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