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Sunte Ho!

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Date(s) - 9 Feb 2012
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The Lawns at Sanskriti

Kiski Kahani is hosting Sunte Ho! a journey through the epic with story teller Vayu Naidu and Ruby Sahota, and music by Ansuman Biswas.

Divine Divas & Being Brit was inspired by Indian goddesses, whose multiple emotional selves become archetypes and role models for a certain generation of Indian women and for the performers who couldn’t resist engaging with another generation of Indian women of the subcontinent who grew up in Britain. As Vayu Naidu explains “We entered into a conversation with our compositions, finding a way to the past to signify the present; we journey toward a future by creating an arc of narrative about mythology and zeitgeist.”

Divine Divas, Curious Courtesans and Being Brit performed to a sellout crowd at the Southbank Centre’s ALCHEMY Festival, UK.

Vayu’s Ramayana: A Triumph of Light is an exploration of the epic and its ability to morph, change and adapt to the changing face of time. Diwali is the culmination of the journey of Rama. The story is about the adventures of Prince Rama and his wife Sita in their struggle against all odds to fight against the negative forces of nature and triumph with love; saving Light in the world. This is the central emotion in re telling this Ramayana created by Vayu Naidu. The retelling of the Ramayana by Vayu Naidu and Ansuman Biswas is a celebration of light.

Vayu Naidu’s Ramayana was performed at the Barbican Concert Hall, London as part of a Diwali Triumph of Light concert in the presence of the High Commissioner of India to the UK, H.E. Mr. Nalin Surie.

Sunte Ho! will be at:

Venue: Sanskriti Lifestyle Store, 390, Lane 7, Koregoan Park, Pune 411001

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (the program will begin at 6:30. Please be seated by 6:15pm)

Date: 9 February, 2012


Vayu Naidu’s Company:

Dr. Vayu Naidu is Storyteller & Artistic Director of Vayu Naidu Company, a Charity and award winning world Storytelling Theatre Company that tours nationally and Internationally, based in London. The British Academy has integrated her case for oral traditions in performance and education within the larger context of written, published texts. Ansuman and Vayu performed the epic at Edinburgh Festival in 2009. Divine Divas, Curious Courtesans and Being Brit is the company’s new work with Ruby Sahota, Resident Storyteller, and Emily Parrish at TOM THUMB Theatre on 11th November 2011 at Ramsgate. Dark and Deep is at the South Bank Centre on 25 November 2011 with Louise Doughty

Ansuman Biswas- Interdiscipinary Artist on the Haang: Creates and architecture of sound that transforms the epic into a multidimensional work. Over the last few years his work has included directing Shakespeare in America, translating Tagore’s poetry from the Bengali, designing underwater sculptures in the Red Sea, living with wandering minstrels in India, being employed as an ornamental hermit in the English countryside, touring with Björk, spending two days blindfolded in an unknown place, travelling with shamans in the Gobi Desert, playing with Oasis, being a gothic tower for forty days and forty nights, and even flying on a real magic carpet in Star City, Moscow.

Ruby Sahota- Ruby trained at Drama Studio London. She made her professional theatre debut playing Basanti and Uma in Bollywood, Yet Another Love Story (RIFCO/Riverside Studios). Her recent theatre work has included: Mistaken…Annie Besant in India (Vayu Naidu/Yvonne Arnaud), The Hot Zone (Conspirator’s Kitchen/BAC) and Behna (Soho Theatre/Kali Theatre). Ruby became an apprentice storyteller with the Vayu Naidu Company in 2009 has performed in several of their License to Tell events. In 2011 she was made Storyteller in Residence. Having taken part in the Royal Court’s Critical Mass Writer’s Programme, she is in the process of writing her first stage play.  She has also just made her professional screen debut playing the lead in the compelling feature film, Throw of a Dice. Prior to training as an actor, Ruby obtained a degree in Politics.