An epic performance

A production explores various hues of Karna trapped in moral dilemmas, and the angst and the conflict with which he grew up.

Published: 31st December 2016 11:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st January 2017 12:33 PM   |  A+A-

Minutes before being airborne, Bharatanatyam exponent and scholar, Bala Devi Chandrashekhar tells us she’ll be back soon. Nothing can keep her away from the city for too long. As soon as the New Year dawns, she’ll return to embrace it with her new recital, Karna: Destiny’s Child at the Habitat Centre.

She seems completely besotted with Karna. “His qualities of bravery, friendship and generosity need to be spoken about more often,” says Chandrashekhar, the Artistic Director of SPNAPA Academy of Performing Arts, Princeton, New Jersey,

“The story of Karna was introduced to me in detail by my husband. After that, I went on to watch him in several movies. I also read over 10 books in several languages to learn more about him, besides listening to commentaries,” she says. His destiny and the way fate tied his hand repeatedly, his strong loyalty to Duryodhana, and his might and valour are other attributes that inspired her to stage Karna’s story.
The production explores various hues of Karna, trapped in moral dilemmas, and the angst and the conflict with which he grew up. She’s taken the production to Chennai. Up next are Delhi, Bengaluru and Banaras.

For the last 25 years, Chandrashekhar has been performing Bharatanatyam, not as a teacher, but as a student. The dance form has helped her keep in touch with her roots. To never let complacency set in is a resolve she made to herself years ago. “The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know,” she says. “What you are in real life is what you’ll reflect on the stage , so it’s important to be true to yourself before you’re true to your art,” she says with a smile.

January 4, at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, at 7 pm.

Stay up to date on all the latest The Sunday Standard news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.