Nadhi Thekkek
Nadhi Thekkek of Nava Dance Theatre – Alamo, CANava Dance Theatre is a Bay Area based, Bharatanatyam dance company that aims to develop classically influenced work based on contemporary themes. Company dancers Nadhi, Sophia, and Arun will partner with renowned composer G.S. Rajan to present The Cloud Messenger, a Bharatanatyam adaptation of the poem, Meghadhooth, by 5th century Indian poet, Kalidasa.

Nadhi, Sophia, and Arun received their Bharatanatyam training from Smt. Sundara Swaminathan, Artistic Director of Kala Vandana Dance Company. Rajan received is music training with various stalwarts while studying at Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts and has been creating critically-acclaimed music compositions globally for nearly two decades.


SEP 11-14, THU-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 7PM

“The Cloud Messenger”

Company dancers Nadhi Thekkek, Sophia Valath, and Arun Mathai will partner with renowned composer G.S. Rajan to present The Cloud Messenger, a Bharatanatyam adaptation of the poem, Meghadhootha, by 5th century Indian poet, Kalidasa. The Cloud Messenger charts the course of a rain cloud tasked with carrying a message of love and hope over mountains to a distant lover. The romantic tale is rich with imagery that evokes a mythical natural landscape drawn with delicate gestures and given contemporary resonance. Through virtuosic choreography, The Cloud Messenger shows why love’s journey, though risky, is something utterly beautiful.

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We are back! I am so thrilled that Nava Dance Theatre is going to present The Cloud Messenger at CounterPULSE this year through year 2 of the Performing Diaspora residency program. The evening length version of The Cloud Messenger, to be premiered September 11th-14th at CounterPULSE (1310 Mission St) will feature new original musical score, […]

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The Piece “The Cloud Messenger” is a Bharatanatyam piece is about a yaksha (or demi-god) who is exiled and separated from his beloved. When he feels like all hope is lost, he finds solace in a young raincloud and tries hard to convince her to embark on a difficult journey, to ultimately take a message […]

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When I dance… Nadhi: “I can feel a deep love for God and an emotional connection to human-kind. Particularly when I perform, that connection can be so strong, that I forget where I am and who is watching. I find that I keep dancing to chase those moments. Sophia: “Dancing excites me, challenges me, moves […]

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For me, creating work is often an outward presentation of a very personal journey. In reading Kalidasa’s Meghadhootha, I initially drew inspiration from many different translations, and literary commentaries. In reading the epic poem over and over again, there were certain verses that leapt out from the pages. These lines were coaxed by my own […]

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I was first inspired by Kalidasa’s Meghadhuta (The Cloud Messenger) in 2009. At the time, I was exploring the role of the messenger in Indian texts and poetry. Often times the role of the messenger was simply stated – a person carrying a message from one lover to another. In dance, in some of the […]

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Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level) Instructor for December: Rajendra Jam: 8:00-11:30PM $15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both In this workshop we are practicing freedom supported by contact with other people. Freedom to let your spirit move your body. Contact Improvisation is founded on the principle that anybody can teach it. At the same time we […]

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