Monday 3 April 2023

Ramayana revisited - Dance Matters: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

Pratidwandi Ramayana is part of Ekah-Aneka offerings by thinking Mohiniattam star-dancer Gopika Varma. Four characters from the Ramayana - Manthara, the hunchback "maid" of Kaikeyi; Bharata's mother Kaikeyi herself; Ravana's sister Shurpanakha and Ravana himself- all seemingly odd, evil, even nasty but all necessary too as part of the larger design of karma, dharma, kama, moksha, the leitmotif of any Indian epic tale. Add four senior dancers whose artistry brings out these negative characters and one has a wholesome production. Congratulations!

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