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A contemporary dance-drama production draws parallels between ancient tales and present day life

Weaving together the Indian philosophical themes of the six deadly sins, the circle of life and the mythological story of Trishanku, choreographers Madhuri Upadhya and Sathya B Ganeshan of Nritarutya have put together a breathtaking spectacle of contemporary dance for the fourth edition of Prayog, to be staged this evening.

“This will be a unique experience for many and each person will be able to relate to it in one way or another. Everyone will have something new to take away from the evening,” says Upadhya.

The six enemies
Titled Matsyaangna, Trishanku and Chakra, the three-pieces of the dance theatre production explore ancient Indian values and their relevance to contemporary times. In Matsyaangna, mystical dancing mermaids perform to music composed by Praveen B Rao, portraying the six sins — kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (attachment), mada or ahankara (pride) and matsarya (jealousy) and their consequences, with a different instrumental sound for each of the core emotions.
Trishanku, the story of a king stuck in between heaven and earth, is a piece that reflects the mind of the modern man, his ambitions, and the confusions he faces. With the dancer restricted to a circular space on stage, the piece is divided into three zones – classical section, aerial performance and contemporary dance.
“The whole question of this piece is ‘where does one belong?’. We think we know what we want from life, but once we have it, we’re not so sure,” Upadhya elaborates.

What you sow
Chakra, choreographed by Ganeshan, deals with the circle of life. Making use of the circle to interpret his movements, Ganeshan’s visual is a never-ending cycle of actions and its repercussions. The energetic piece with music created by breath, body rhythms and street tunes, uses bharatnatyam ‘adavus’ to get across the concept of karma.
Designed as a showcase not only for dancers but also for musicians, designers, visual artistes, singers and actors, the music for one of the pieces has been composed exclusively by Raghu Dixit.

With an aim to produce quality art, the dancers are put through training sessions in yoga, bharatanatyam, abhinaya (expressions), rhythm and body conditioning, and a year of research goes into each piece by the choreographers.

Tickets (Rs250) upwards.
At Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Details: 23443956

—Rashmi Rajagopal