Tuesday, 10 January 2023

Choreographing SRINGAR - The Raja Rasa: Column by Janaki Patrik

SRINGAR - The Raja Rasa. LOVE ... King of Romantic Sentiments ... Ruler of Erotic Emotions. LOVE ...... the emotion from which all other emotions are said to emanate.

No words can speak as eloquently as photographs can reveal .... the profound differences in choreographic expressions of Sringar Rasa in classical north Indian Kathak and in western modern dance and classical ballet. The tender eloquence of interlocked eyes and restrained lack of physical contact in Birju Maharaj and Kumudini Lakhia's Kathak duet contrast with the wild abandon and melding of bodies in Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins duet from George Ballanchine's ballet CHACONNE and the primeval animal innocence suggested in Merce Cunningham and Meg Harper's duet in RAINFOREST.

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