The citys cultural impresario, Shobha Deepak Singh,is set to bring back the magic of Summer Ballet Festival yet again. An important annual event in Delhis cultural calender,the festival enters its 11th edition this year,where legendary,mythological tales like Karna,Parikrama,Durga and Kamayani will come to life. The festival opened on Saturday with a dance-drama titled Meera in an attempt to redefine the character of the Rajput princess by relooking at women in a male-dominated society. This was followed by Karna on Sunday a ballet in Mayurbhanj Chhau a sub-genre of the famous Indian tribal dance,Chhau. I have been using Chhau in my productions since a long time. It is not a very popular genre because people like to call it their own style under the garb of Chhau, says Singh.
But she calls Parikrama a production that will be staged today one of her most challenging works so far. The production that is based on Padma Purana the famous Hindu relegious text,is a choreographic interpretation of the five elements via the communion of body and spirit. This one challenged me right from the beginning. We are trying to showcase formlessness of the spirit through choreography,which is not an easy task, says Singh. She has also included two new productions in the festival titled
Kamayani a production based on an epic poem of the same name by Jaishankar Prasad,and Durga,a production that has been inspired by violence against women. These will be presented on May 7 and 8 respectively.
The festival is being held at Kamani Auditorium till May 8. Contact: 43503351