In Shades of Love: Nayikas of the Mahabharata, we explore love in its SringAra form through the women in the Mahabharata. From Gandhari to Uttara, across generations, all the women in this Mahakavya are beautiful, strong and feisty. Each character has a different emotional journey when their love gets entangled with duty and propriety. This evening, through the exposition of the Ashtanayikas (the eight kinds of heroines in love), we explore the bhavas and rasas of a few Nayikas.
Involving a dancer, a musician, a storyteller, and a researcher, working transnationally, traversing time periods and time zones, this collaboration is a cultural experiment. Join us in developing our ideas and thoughts and deepening our understanding of this Epic. Enjoy a unique evening of words, music, and dance.
About the Artists: Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy, Balakrishnan Raghavan, Aparna Jaishankar and Jackie Jaishankar have collaborated to create Shades of Love: Nayikas of the Mahabharata.
Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy: Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy is a London based Bharatanatyam dancer trained in Madras under the tutelage of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao and Smt. Kamala Rani of Kalakshetra. She is a performer with 25 years of experience and currently focusses on research-based production delving into history, context, music and the theory of the practice.
Balakrishnan Raghavan: Balakrishnan Raghavan is a classical musician, trained for over 15 years. He has performed across India, the UK and Mexico. He is currently pursuing music full time in the traditional gurukulam style from his Guru Smt. R. Vedavalli.
Aparna Jaishankar: Aparna Jaishankar is a storyteller and theatre coach. She has performed in various storytelling festivals across the country. Indian mythology and history are her favorite genres of stories. Mahabharata's stories are a staple in most of her performances. She blends traditional stories with the contemporary retelling. She works under her banner ‘kAhini – What’s your story?’
Jackie Jaishankar is a management consultant by day. He has a deep and abiding interest in the Indian epics and the classical Indian arts. In recent times, he has been conducting sessions on the contemporary applicability of themes and messages from the Mahabharata, which continues to provide guidelines for navigating dilemmas and difficult situations.