|Bharat Natyam dancer Rukmanu Arundale, alchetron.com|
|Rukmani Devi and George Arundale. theosophy.world|
To make the dances more attractive and appealing to the audience Rukmani Devi never failed to introduce aesthetically designed costumes, jewelry, and stage scenarios suitable to the numbers. Her dance-drama formats and choreography were aimed at promoting contemporary sophistication., in tune with modern trend without compromising on old social or traditional values. Being innovative as she was, she conceived and choreographed numerous bharata natyam episodes or pieces in the new style, a series of dances taken from the ancient Hindu Epic, the Ramayana, which have remained among her best-known works. She gave due importance to interplay of elements of stagecraft, lighting, costumes, music, and choreography in the newly transformed art forms to bring out the divinity and devotional experience. Her reason was quite clear. When you took the Indian art forms to the global platforms, the depth and nicety of Indian classical dances could be appreciated by the global community who wanted something new, something not seen before that would appeal to their heart and soul. In 1957 Rukmani Arundale received the Sangeet Natak Akademi (India’s national academy of music, arts, and dance) Award and in 1993 the Indian Parliament declared her foundation as an institution of national importance.
|Rukmani Arundale. .mintageworld.com/|
''I can only say I did not consciously go after dance; it found me.
— Rukmini Devi Arundale