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Navarasa to Ramarasa

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Date(s) - 24 Nov 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Kala Chhaya

The Ramayana has been received by audiences in theatre, film, music, art, dance, song and storytelling. The Ramayana has always been an example of India’s diverse tradition, a tradition that speaks of plurality, a tradition that many of us today take for granted.

As part of our ongoing work with Kiski Kahani: The Ramayana Project, we invite you to celebrate the diversity of the Ramayana in dance with Ipshita Rajesh’s Navarasa to Ramarasa.

Venue: Kala Chhaya, Opp Vikhe Patil School, Patrakar Nagar (Near Passport Office), Senapatti Bapat Road, Pune

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Date: 24 November, 2012

This event is free and open to everyone.


About the performance:

A work of art is always structured to evoke a certain response from the audience. It is to the artist’s credit if the intended reaction is obtained, if the right rasa is germinated in the spectator. The gods, in their human incarnations, acted and interacted with such dynamism that our epics abound with prospects for lively retelling of their tales of heroism, villainy, wit and wisdom that are as eternal as the gods themselves. And in rediscovering these tales over and over, we find that they always evoke the same, powerful rasas in us.

The Ramayana is no different. From the shringara evoked by the love Rama and Sita share to the hasyam from Shoorpanaka’s gawky attempt at seducing him, from the viram experienced on witnessing how effortlessly Sri Rama slayed the evil Tataka to the karuna when he grieves over his father’s demise, Rama’s life story is a rich tapestry of characters and events through which all the rasas – the Navarasas – can be experienced. Little surprise, then, that the Ramayana finds multifarious expression in the literature, art, music and theatre of India. 

About Ipshita Rajesh:

In pursuit of excellence, Ipshita completed her BCom in 2010 following which she enrolled for a BFA in Bharatanatyam at SASTRA University, Thanjavur. She is currently in her final year, under the supervision of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. Additionally, she is a faculty member at Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts, Mumbai, assisting her own Guru in the teaching of Bharatanatyam. This is a role she particularly enjoys as it gives her the opportunity to interact with children and choreograph dances for the Academy’s various programmes.