All the productions were produced by Ananda Shankar Centre for Performing Arts.
Indian Dance Creations is a modern interpretation of the cultural diversity and richness that India has in the world of dance. The dances choreographed by Tanusree Shankar are based on the technique of New Dance, following the path shown by Uday Shankar
One of the most common terms we hear now – a – days is globalization. But thousands of years before this term became popular sages of India had conceived the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – which means “the world is one family”.
The world today is going through tremendous turmoil – war, fear, hatred and terror lurk at us from every corner. A constant tussle between the good and evil sees an apparent victory of the darker forces – all created by God’s most superior creation, Man.
Uddharan or upliftment, is inspired by a sloka in the Bhagvat Gita, “Uddharate Atmanah Atmaanam”. In other words, the upliftment of man’s soul is in his own hands and achievable. This ballet envisages man’s journey, his adventures and misadventures, his efforts to uplift his soul, conscious .
Man’s journey from the darkness of ignorance, hopelessness and desperation of life, to the light of knowledge and understanding, is difficult, full of turmoil, doubt and treachery. It is only fragile hope and faith that takes him along. Even that faith seems inadequate to the rigours of this journey.
Jagaran, is a humble tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his 150th Birth Anniversary.
Swamiji believed that a country could progress only if its people were enlightened.
We the Living, is inspired by Sufi poet,Jelaluddin Rumi’s, “Human Being”, translated in English byColeman Barks.
‘We The Living’ envisages beings as having transcended cultural systems, religions and even elemental forms/specificity; existingneither as body or soul.
Ganga is the beginning of life in India, the symbol of its holiest traditions. From its source, Gangotri, the Ganga proceeds clean and sparkling, resplendent and glorious in its natural beauty – majestic and holy. It finds its winding way, nourishing the land around and nurturing life. The rippling waters give joy to the boatmen and all who revel in its glory. Its clean sparkling water is sanctifying and is considered holy.
Nothing is impossible in dreams, especially in the eyes of a ten year old. But an ideal world where everything is pure and perfect, seem far removed from the disappointments of sordid reality. This dance begins with the world in a state of turmoil and war, .