Prakriti presents Usha Ganguli
Prakriti presents Usha Ganguli
Preparations are already underway to bring a unique cultural experience to the Atlanta audience with Prakriti. Usha Ganguli, who has blazed a trail all over India with her thought provoking visual and oral communications, is coming to Atlanta. A theater-director and actor par excellence with a background in Bharatnatyam, Usha Ganguli is known for such remarkable work like Rudali, Court Martial, Holi and Raincoat.
In association with Abhinayam, Deeksha School of Performing Arts will present Usha Ganguli's signature and singular interpretation of Tagore's Chandalika. Tagore's Chandalika bespeaks the anguish of a girl, "Prakriti" whose consequence of birth compels her to live on the edges of society as an untouchable.
If ever the underlying themes in Chandalika - of disenfranchisement, of inequity, of oppression, of hope, of salvation needed a contemporary interpretation and a language that threads it all together - Usha Ganguli's Chandalika in Hindi brings it all together.
- Act1: Nritya - Conceived and Choreographed by Anupa Guha Thakurta
- Act2: Natya - Tagore's Chandalika in Hindi
- Directed by renowned theater maestro: Usha Ganguli
- Production managed by Shankar Sengupta
Our second Act in the upcoming Prakriti Production is based on a story from a Buddhist Text reincarnated in Hindi. Tagore's Chandalika bespeaks the anguish of a girl, Prakriti whose consequence of birth compels her to live on the edges of society as an untouchable. Using Bharatanatyam dance movements under the direction of renowned theater maestro, director and choreographer – Usha Ganguli the drama revolves around the complexities of human mind and its conflicting needs and wants. Prakriti, an untouchable and the daughter of a black magician 'Chandal' emerges as a voice of the silenced and marginalized in history. She is a rebel who questions societal norms that relegated her to an existence of a lesser being, an untouchable. A chance incident of providing water to a monk sparks a new self-realization in her. The 'dancing body of Prakriti' becomes a symbol of mobility, resistance and autonomy. Through her dance movements Prakriti articulates her anger and love. Anger, against a social status imposed upon her to which she finds herself shackled for life. And love, for a monk who respects and acknowledges her as a human being.
Date: Come join us on July 29, 2017 when we present Usha Ganguli and Chandalika performed by Deeksha School students and Abhinayam artistes.
All proceeds go to Raksha - the voice of South Asian immigrants addressing social issues (showcased in our presentation) still prevalent today in our community. Tickets and Invites coming soon!
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