When the epidemic hit everyone in the home, damage and confusion also affected the performing arts. Inspired by those difficult times, spreading the message of hope and positivity, Bharatanatyam exponent Geeta Chandran has devised a solo presentation called In Search of Infinity.
Some of the existing pieces have been revisited and showcased some new pieces created with the specific idea of seeing us through infectious disease, this dance recital is a demonstration of manpower and ability to fight. “We are resilient. There is no doubt that the epidemic has brought new challenges, but we have found innovative ways to deal with it. We have gone online with our teaching and have had online demonstrations and discussions. We found that there were no boundaries. All of my students who have gone abroad are learning from me again, “says Chandran,” and only through art have we expressed what we feel (in the last two years). So I became obsessed with working and teaching; Both are pleasurable experiences.
Like the rest of the world, when confronted with an epidemic, the Padma Shri award recipients saw the limitation of everything, forcing one to silos. “And then I found eternity, infinity, endless places within myself. You have a beginning, but you have no end,” recalls Chandran. They are thoughtful pieces and inverted looks. And I felt I should share the process and the work with the live orchestra. So I decided to put together a program. Everything around us is limited, but the space within us is infinite. And we explore that infinity through the juices and pieces created at the time, ”he adds.
Taking metaphors to highlight her feelings and take her personal experiences, Chandran uses Beaty Vibbari Jag Ri by Hindi poet Jai Shankar Prasad in her choreography. Poetry is a metaphor for the epidemic of darkness and should be set aside. He explains: “To make sure my students don’t go down, we worked on the promise and simplicity of the cyclical nature of life. And we focus on the need to spread hope and positivity instead of looking forward and mourning the state we are in; That’s what I also learned during the epidemic. ”
Her life during the epidemic – when the cases of Kovid were at its height – constantly engulfed her grandson with stories. It has also been translated into one of her choreographed pieces. “Instead of running my grandson was put in a box at home. We were all trying to tell him stories, engage him and make him useful, ”recalls Chandran.
Swami Annamacharya, High Priest of Tirupati Balaji Temple, is a concluding dance piece on a call for equality (impartiality) for human beings who follow different beliefs. Talk about this, and it takes the dance exponent to rehearsal days, when her musicians traveled with her throughout the epidemic. He recalls: “It was an emotional moment for us (to present this text). Each piece has a little story and how we do it mostly online; The only meeting we had was the window. Being able to finally showcase our work is really special. ”
Catch It Live
What: In search of Infinity
Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road
When: May 21st
Nearest Metro Station: Jorbag on the Yellow Line and JLN Stadium on the Violet
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