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Tansen on a Tightrope

Sat, 4 May 2019 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Rs 200
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The historically famous Indian musician Tansen was a Dhrupad singer at Akbars court. It is said that after hearing Tansen sing, Akbar asked if it was possible for anyone to sing better than him. Tansen replied that his Guru Swami Haridas was a much better singer. How can this be possible? asked Akbar. Tansen replied to sing for you, the king. Swami Haridas sings for God.

In Tansen on a Tightrope, three artists explore the tension between performing to please an audience and practising art as a spiritual act. They interweave Dhrupad compositions by Tansen with contemporary movement in a narrative inspired by Tansens life story. Can one singer, one dancer and a percussionist find the balance between tradition and modernity, introspection and performance, their inner selves and the universe?



Tansen on a Tightrope
May 4th 2019
7.30 pm
Duration- 60 minutes
Language- mostly nonverbal, Hindi & English
Price- Rs 200


About Artists:

Tansen on a Tightrope is the result of an intense collaboration between Lucile Belliveau, an experimental dancer and choreographer and Sajan Sankaran, Dhrupad vocalist and scholar. Lucile is interested in authenticity, honesty and full presence to the instant using contemporary and age-old movement forms. She founded the Catastroflux Company in France, creating human performances intertwining music and dance. Since 2017, she has been exploring the possible interactions between Dhrupad and movement, while training in its vocal practice. Sajan is a full-time Dhrupad student at the Gundecha Brothers Gurukul since 2013. He is driven by a quest for understanding in depth the meaning of artistic expressions in any medium. He is especially focused on the Dhrupad form, exploring its modes of interaction and impact with the human mind-body consciousness. They are being supported in their research by Akhshay Gandhi, director of the Still Space Theatre Company who has extensive experience in movement and theatrical forms. Ramesh Chandra Joshi will be accompanying them on the Pakhawaj  the traditional percussion instrument used in Dhrupad

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Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, #37 Lal Bagh Road (On the left side, before Lal Bagh Passport Office) Bangalore 560027 Bangalore India 560027
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We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

- by Arvind for TOYO(Theatre on your own) organized by Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices .

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