Soul cages, a renaissance in Bharatanatyam

The last time she danced, the hall thundered with claps. She brought with her to the stage classical traditions of Bharatanatyam that gave relevance and meaning to the art form in its current age.

Published: 09th December 2012 10:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2012 10:54 AM   |  A+A-

Bharatanatyam

The last time she danced, the hall thundered with claps. She brought with her to the stage classical traditions of Bharatanatyam that gave relevance and meaning to the art form in its current age.

Savitha Sastry is known to enthral her audience with performances that embody perfection in form and joy in expression and this time will be no exception either. Performing Soul Cages- The Story Of Life, Death And Beyond on December 14 at Epicentre, Gurgaon, she will light the stage again. ‘‘Soul Cages is an artistic experience that captures the cycles of life and death as a journey, rather than an end in itself. This unique presentation is structured on the imagery and narrative of a story told through the fluid grace of the classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam. This ballet speaks to the heart, thereby transcending the audience’s knowledge of Bharatanatyam, without ever compromising the aesthetics and classicism of this art form,’’ says Sastry.

At its core, Soul Cages brings to life a deeply thought-provoking philosophy by examining it through the eyes of mythological characters and ordinary people. Its strength lies in being able to project didactic theological values through the disarming simplicity of a child. ‘‘This intoxicating mélange of classical dance with a story line rooted in timelessness makes this presentation one-of-its-kind in the arena of dance, music, or theatre. Soul Cages, the artistic extravaganza is elevated by a sound track so vivid that it virtually paints the visual palette with its aural resonance,” says Sastry.

The connoisseurs of this dance form will be enthralled by the sophistication and nuances employed in the presentation, while the uninitiated will fall in love with the art itself. A musical, a dance performance, a narrative? Soul Cages is vastly more than the sum of its parts.

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