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Revisiting Indian mythology and women’s roles

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Myth and modernity: Dancer Geeta Chandran in the dance-drama.
Myth and modernity: Dancer Geeta Chandran in the dance-drama.

Kunal Diwan

NEW DELHI: The Rasaja Foundation will stage a dance-drama, ‘Mythologies Retold -- The Female Grail’, at Kamani Auditorium here on September 15 as part of its ‘Pan Indian Cultural Experience’.

The dance-drama has been conceptualised and produced by Sandhya Raman, a costume designer from the National Institute of Design, who was inspired by the collection of Company Period paintings housed at the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The collection was pieced together by artist and collector Jaya Appasamy who also founded the Rasaja Foundation for Cultural and Educational Activities in 1984.According to Sandhya, ‘Mythologies Retold’ is an effort to relocate and discover new sources of strength and inspiration for the contemporary woman. It plans to explore stories and ideas embedded in our own mythology, showcasing these for study and analysis.

New stimuli

The production aims to set in motion the mainsprings of new stimuli to revive and renew the contemporary world.

Sandhya has focused on the abilities, attributes and infinite possibilities available to women in the multi-dimensional roles that they play in society. Recognising the dilemmas faced by women in the contemporary world, the show will highlight the possibilities and directions open to them.

The narrative, projected through the medium of dance, will locate the chronicle concurrently within a cosmic as well as a temporal time frame.

Sandhya’s costumes will add their colour and drama to the production while the show will be choreographed by dancer Geeta Chandran. Known for her versatility, in both dance and music, she will strive to translate the nuances of the central theme into a gripping and rhythmic exploration of the senses. Rashmi Vaidialingam will bring in elements of theatre.

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