Srishti students explores secrets and storytelling
IT’S the season for college festivals, and the winter celebrations at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology are always some of the most intriguing. This year, as well as their annual exhibition of artwork, a multi-layered interdisciplinary production will be staged by the students for the first time. Involving 232 students and 20 facilitators across eight artistic disciplines, it is directed by Anitha Santhanam, a devised theatre specialist.
Stories within stories
The production is loosely based on two stories from AK Ramanujan’s collection of Indian folktales – Tales of the Untold and The Endlessly Repeated, but neither is a linear narrative. Rather, the stories are used as frameworks for pulling out themes, centred around polar opposite forces. “We want people to relate to what they see and take something away from it. We’re not telling the audience meaning, but allowing meaning to emerge,” Santhanam adds.
Animation, contemporary dance, the spoken word, puppetry and physical theatre come together to present the story. A hip hop piece demonstrates the inevitability of change while shadow puppetry expresses the unseen and mysterious. You can expect spectacular and interactive sets, which allow performers to interact with the physical elements of the stage. To ensure the strength of each element, specialists worked with the students on particular aspects. Srishti’s current artist in residence, opera singer Rahul Bharadwaj, has worked with them on the musical elements, while theatre artiste Evan Hastings helped to conceive of the shadow play. Free entry. December 17 & 18, 7 pm. At Ambedkar Bhavan, Millers Road. Details: 9972072426