In the hands of time

In the hands of time

MYSTICAL MYTHOLOGIES

Expressive : From Ardhanarishwara.

Nritarutya, an ICCR empanelled contemporary dance trust in collaboration with the UK based Chitraleka Dance Company, brought together a joint dance production titled Maya Ayam — Illusion Of Time at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall recently.

The performance featured four dancers, two of them from Nritarutya and the other two from Chitraleka Dance Company.

Each of them specialised in diverse forms of classical dance.

The event began with Swayam Shivam, an experimental piece on the raw, elemental forms of Shiva.

The highlight of the piece was the use of masks, which gave a tribal appeal to the piece.

The hand painted costumes, by Madhuri Upadhya, were in sync with the theme and added more meaning to the performance.

Satya B G’s choreography was a wonderful attempt at portraying Shiva.Following this was an ode to Darwin, through our mythology. Dashavataram gave the audience a glimpse of evolutionary theories and mythology.

It began with the depiction of amoeba, describing the wonderful artwork of god, followed by the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Of the ten incarnations, the portrayal of Rama was the best.

It was one of the most concise depictions of Ramayana with each scene being portrayed precisely. The other highlights of the piece were the wonderful portrayals of Vamana, Krishna and Buddha.

The piece ended with a futuristic incarnation of Lord Vishnu, where he was depicted as a machine man riding on a horse reverberating with the theme that when evil forces begin to dominate the earth, Vishnu comes back to earth to protect the innocent.

The choreography by Chitraleka Bolar blended the classical Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam with contemporary movements, taking the audience on a wonderful journey, where most of them were able to identify the
different mythological stories associated with each of the avatars.

The third and final piece was Ardhanarishwara, depicting the existence of both male and female characteristics in one individual.

The concept was depicted creatively and the choreography by Mayuri Upadhya
drew its inspiration from folk and martial art idioms. Stunning lighting with elaborate sets made the performance a visual delight.

The music by Raghu Dixit had a certain playful edge to it and complimented the theme perfectly.

The only drawback was that the performance could be seen clearly only if one was sitting right in front of the stage. Lateral view spoilt the essence of the concept.

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