b. Kuala Lumpur, 1967
Signed and dated 'SIVARAJAH NATARAJAN 96' lower left
Mixed media on canvas
113cm x 109cm
Private collection, Kuala Lumpur;
acquired directly from the artist.
Dance, Rhythm & Motion, Galeri Maybank, Kuala Lumpur,
1997, illustrated on catalogue.
ESTIMATE RM 8,000 - 12,000
PRICE REALISED RM 9,350
Sivarajah Natarajan was exposed to all kinds of dance - Odissi, Bharata Natyam, Makyong, Menora, Main Petri, Javanese court and Contemporary dance since he joined Sutra Dance Theatre after his art studies. Being close to the real action, he would often do spontaneous live sketches. To him, it is like dancing on canvas - the movement, synchronisation, interaction and intimacy. In this work with monochromatic orange tones, Sivarajah is interested in creating a rhythmic flow of the dancers. The figures are frozen at its ecstatic moment, like a frieze. “The physicality of the dancer’s body becomes the human metaphor to strive for perfection in design and choreography on canvas. I keep evolving and experimenting, grappling with the challenges of new revelations,” says the artist.
Sivarajah seems destined for the art of theatre and the theatre of art. After graduating with a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Malaysian Institute of Art, Kuala Lumpur, in 1992, he immediately joined the Sutra Dance Theatre, where he has grown as a visual artist, photographer, lighting and stage designer, curator and artistic director. It took him 10 years before he held his first solo art exhibition, Dance of Forever, at The Artist’s Studio, Concorde Hotel Shah Alam in 2002. In the BOH Cameronian Awards, he won Best Set in 2005 and Best Lighting Design in 2010. He was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Angaraj Debaprasad Institute, Bhubaneswar in Orissa, India, in 2008.