Noted Odissi Danseuse Sharmila Mukerjee to present ‘Kaikeyi’
Bangalore, April 1st 2017: Noted Odissi Dancer Sharmila Mukerjee will present ‘Kaikeyi’ – an Odissi Dance ballet that portrays Ramayana’s much maligned character in positive light. The production will be staged on 7th April, Friday at ADA Rangamandira at 6.30 p.m.
‘Kaikeyi’ by Sharmila Mukerjee is an Abhinaya based piece along with some pure Odissi movements. The presentation will reinterpret the traditional portrayal of the character as a heartless manipulator and a wicked queen. Despite the flaws in her persona, Kaikeyi stands out in the epic because of the multitude of layers in her personality. Kaikeyi is a warm hearted, complex woman, who loved Ram as much as she loved her own son. Her momentary emotion of despair and anger made her determined to see her son Bharat crowned as the king.
In Sharmila Mukerjee’s production, Kaikeyi will be portrayed as loving wife, a doting mother, a dutiful queen and a brave warrior. She is gentle yet brave, sensitive yet strong willed and stubborn, passionate but slightly confused, a woman bent on getting her own way, even if it ultimately destroys her happiness. Her character is one of catharsis, beauty, bravery and a whole lot of love.
The 30 minute long piece begins with Kaikeyi as on old woman and takes you through a series of flashbacks from specific episodes of Ramayana. The costume in the solo performance has been carefully chosen to reflect the time and setting of the epic. The music for Kaikeyi has been composed by Shri Bijoy Jena and the script is by Pt.Nityanand Mishra
As a part of Pravaha 2017, there will be an Odissi duet by Lingaraj and Sanjukta Pradhan and a group production by Ileana Citarisiti and Art vision.
When:Where:ADA Rangamandira, JC Road, Bangalore Time: