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Maya & Sita - National tour

National Tour of Maya & Sita

August 2009 -All warmed up - GSDR -India habitat Centre

August 22nd, 2009- NPTCL- Noida- Delhi

November 2009- Sammilan Festival , Bangalore 

July 10th 2010 -  KH kalasoudha, Bangalore.

August 8th-2010 - Adi shakthi , Pondicherry

September 24th 2010-Interface Festival- Kolkatha 

 November 10th -14th 2010- Ignite Festival- Delhi

January 2011- Rangsutra Festival- Hyderabad

February- 2011- Kalaghoda Festival- Mumbai


Photo - Deepti Kharbanda




"MAYA"-Beyond  the illusion of time and perception.
A piece performed and choreographed by Veena Basavarajaiah 
created at the Gati Residency,  New Delhi, August 2009

Can you go back in time? Is there time? What is the point of
reference? Are we ageing? Have you experienced stillness? 
perception of the world is limited to the things that we can
touch, taste, smell and see,Can we look beyond the sphere of perception ? 
Experience beyond light?
The dormant eye of the mind - the only vision capable of giving the whole
picture, able to see things and make connections that the inferior
senses couldn't even comprehend, lays low in a state of unused
perceived extinction.. 'Maya' piece explores the concept of the illusion of perception and Mechanical time.

Music-Suchet Malhotra, Conceptulaization & Research- Suhas Kaundinya


Photo - Sujay Shastry

Sita-A Movement monologue by Veena Basavarajaiah

"Snusha Dashrathasya thwam, raamasya Mahishee priya,
janakasya sutharaagnaha, swagathamthe pathivrathe"
One who is  Dashrathas' daughter-in-law, and the dear wife of raama,
who is also the daughter of Janaka , I welcome thee, the chaste one!  
 Ramayana essentially a literary work on Indian politics and society portrays
 Sita as the archetype of an Indian Woman being the perfect daughter and an ideal wife.. 
This piece takes you on an emotional  journey of the Ramayana from a womans' perspective.
 A movement monolugue that gives you an insight into her mind , body and soul.
 A contemporary movement performance exploring the abhinaya aspects of Bharatnatyam is set to the original verses of Valmiki Ramayana.
The movement vocabulary of Sita–  followed the  [histrionic] tenet of bharatanatyam ' yatho hastha , thatho drishti..' 
which demands of the performer that ‘where the hand goes, the eye follows’. 
As for the music, the rhythm of the verses from the text  add voice to movements. 

Research- Dr Sharada Narayan( Sanskrit Scholar)
Choreography & Music -Veena Basavarajaiah
Vocals- Harshitha Bhat  & Sathyanarayan Bhat

Sita Promo Video

Photo Credits- Desmond Roberts(maya) Sujay shastry (sita) & Deepti Kharbanda (Poster)

Video- Swaroop Kanchi

Special Thanks to Yana Lewis(YLDC), Ranjan Mullaratt ( Kalari Academy) , Preethi Sunderajan ( Shiri Dance company), Gati Forum, Nritarutya, Natakvalas
Suhas Kaundinya ,Keerthi Basavarajaiah, Joshua Muyiwa, Deepak Shivaswamy, Akshay Gandhi & Shreekanth Rao