The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s annual summer ballet season starts today with six productions that straddle the line between classical Indian dance and contemporary production vocabulary.
There is ‘Meera’, a dance-drama on the life of Meerabai (30 April); ‘Karna’, a brilliant ballet which uses Mayurbhanj Chhau and questions the relation between man and destiny (1 May); ‘Parikrama’, which explores the cycle of human birth and death (3 May); ‘Durga’, which tells of women harnessing their positive energies to conquer the negative forces of the Mahishasuras at large in society (5 May), and finally, the elaborate ‘Kamayani’, also in Chhau, which presents a medley of desire, action and knowledge and plays on the seven ‘chakras’ of the Kundalini (7-8 May).
Fiery moves: Catch Meera today
Produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh, who’s been associated with the premier dance institution for the past 43 years, and with names such as Shashidharan Nair, who pioneered Chhau for the stage, vocalist Shubha Mudgal and puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee involved in the productions, this week of livewire stagecraft comes highly recommended.
The performances will be held at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, from 7pm onwards, 30 April-8 May. Passes available at the Kendra, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.