Where the Shadow Ends


Where the Shadow Ends

Design & Direction by Veena Basavarajaiah

'Where the Shadow Ends' is a dance theatre play produced in association with Kriyative Theatre (India) and in collaboration with Kristian Al-Droubi (Serbia). The play looks at how myths have turned into history and shaped the moral fabric of societies across the world. The play explores an epic story of South Asia and finds similar stories that exists in Serbia and across cultures. Though the epic acts as the starting point, the play slowly develops into a much more complex layering of socio-political issues of the past and the present. It weaves the narrative seamlessly between the person-hood and the political whilst questioning notions of duty, belief, loyalty, nationalism and patriarchy.
This play premiered at Bangalore’s renowned theatre Rangashankara in June 2016 and has been well received in India.



Kriyative Theatre, is one of the most popular, bi-lingual theatre groups in the city of Bangalore, known for its creative experiments in theatre. Founded in  2005 by Laxmi Chandrashekar, a prominent theatre person, the group believes in the potential of theatre

to facilitate the creation of a better world and is, therefore, engaged in producing plays, which are at once purposeful and artistic.




Veena Basavarajaiah is a contemporary artiste from Bengaluru (India).  She has worked with renowned contemporary dance companies such as Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company(UK) & Attakkalari (India) and has performed on various platforms across UK and Europe. She has been the recipient of Young Achievers Award in 2007 and is also an empanelled artiste of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations..An independent artiste, she does collaborative work with musicians, theatre, dance companies and multimedia artistes. She is also a dance writer for various online platforms in India and Pulse Magazine (UK). She has done her Masters in South Asian Dance Studies from Roehampton University (UK) . She has published essays on South Asian Dance in various books to her credit. She choreographed a solo for Subhash Vinam Gorania tilted ‘Morphed’ that was funded by Arts Council England. This piece has been performed on various platforms in UK and in the Erasing Borders Festival,NYC.

Veena has recieved mentorship from renowned theatre practitioners like Maya Krishna Rao and Navtej Singh Johar in creating her work titled 'Maya' as part of the Gati Dance Residency in 2009. She has worked as an actor with NSD based director Aditee Biswas in her production 'In-Out-In', featured at the National School of Drama Theatre Festival in 2010. She has conducted movement workshops for various Bangalore based theatre groups like Our Theatre and Indian Ensemble. She has worked closely with Abhishek Majumdar as an actor and movement director in his production 'Rizwan'. Having collaborated with many regional and international theatre practitioners, Veena has been exploring a new language in dance theatre through works like ‘Mooki’ and ‘Where the Shadow Ends’. Her theatre-based work has been presented on various platforms across India and received critical acclaim. 


Shreekanth Rao, an artist at Sva Collective, based in Bangalore, and is working on writing, direction and performance aspects of theatre making. He has received theatre training from Bangalore Little Theatre, Indian Ensemble and Adishakti. He has trained in Carnatic classical instrumental music on the Veena, and in Kalaripayattu at the Kalari Academy of Performing Arts, Bangalore. He has written and directed the Kannada play ‘Naguvaaga Nakku…’ and directed ‘Kaavad Katha – Maya’, a performance in Hindi. As a performer he has worked with Indian Ensemble, Kriyative Theatre and Bangalore Little Theatre. He studied Devising Theatre and Performance at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), London.



 Laxmi has a post graduate degrees in English from the universities of Mysore and Leeds (U.K.) She started acting while still in school and has been active in theatre for five decades.  She has worked with several well known theatre directors in the country and has to her credit over a thousand performances, out of which nearly 350 are solo performances. Her solo plays have been presented at numerous National and Inter National Theatre Festivals, universities and conferences on women's issues within the country and abroad.  A long-time member of the Kannada theatre group Samudaya, she believes in using theatre as an instrument of social change.  She has also played major roles in a number of popular television serials in Kannada and English.

 An acclaimed translator, Laxmi has translated several short stories, poems, plays and novels from Kannada into English. She has published academic articles on theatre and literature and won awards for her work in television, theatre and translation. After working as a lecturer in English at  N.M.K.R.V College for Women in Bangalore for 28 years, she took voluntary retirement in 2006 and has, since then, devoted all her time to theatre and television. As the founder and Managing Trustee of ‘Kriyative Theatre’, an organization devoted to wholesome, artistic and socially relevant theatre, Laxmi has produced and acting in a number of highly popular plays.    


Preethi Bharadwaj has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 17 years under Gurus B.Bhanumati and Sheela Chandrsekhar at their dance school Nrityakalamandiram. She started performing at the tender age of nine  has performed at various prestigious platforms in India and across the world.She has had training in Contemporary Dance from Charles Ma, Shashikanth of Attakalari,  Ambili Babu from Kuwait, Prabin Villareesh of Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts, Nritarutya Dance Trust, Nakula Somana to name a few. She has attended many dance workshops to  enhance her skills in different aspects of dance like the playing of the cymbals(nattuvangam), power yoga, nuances of Bharatanatyam, Abhinaya and creative movement under the guidance of well-known teachers of the same.

Preethi is part of Punyah Dance Company headed by Shri Parshwanath.S.Upadhye, Bangalore She is  trained in Yoga under Kunigal Lakshmi and currently training under Mr. Sandeep Manur of “A 1000 yoga” She is also undergoing training in Nattuvangam under Smt.Sheela Chandrasekhar and Vid N Narayanaswamy and has begun her journey towards learning and playing the nattuvangam by accompanying various dancers for their performances.She is a freelance performer and choreographer who believes in love being the most important tool to bring art closer to oneself! 



Vinay has more than 16 years of experience in theatre and more than six years of experience as a professional light designer. He has designed and executed lights for more than 50 plays and dance productions. He is an acclaimed actor and has acted in plays like Venicina Vyaapara (Merchant of Venice),Where the Shadow Ends, Siri Sampige, Respectful Prostitute, SuttikondareSarpa (An Enemy of the People),Gunamukha, Dangeya Munchina Dinagalu and Meghadoota. He has also worked with respected directors like Suresh Anagalli, Prakash Belawadi, Pramod Shiggaon, Managala N Rao, Dr Shripad Bhat, Krishnamurthy Kavathar, Iqbal Ahmed, Aruna Ganesh Ram, Preetam Koilpillai and others As a dancer he is training in kathak and performs in the dance dramas of Abhinava Dance Company choreographed by gurus Nirupaman and Rajendra. Vinay is a regular Theatre Art- based facilitator and Trainer in various Theatre and Dance schools. 


Kristian Al-Droubi born in Serbia started doing art and theater in 2000 with performance project for children  with special needs and from excommunicated parts of society. Since 2000 he has worked with several theater and dance directors across the world. He has also worked  with Katsura Kan a Butoh master from Japan in several performances and workshops.He has been part of Via Negativa, a Slovenian theater group that has been investigating seven sins through 10 year project which was based on body art performance and theater.

He is working in the field of street performance, Butoh dance, theater and installation art works and has performed in several festivals including Biennale de Venice. He is one of the founders of Golden Branch organization (production and development of contemporary dance and theater).
Currently, he is  working in Sense Kaleidoscope, as drama teacher for children with autism in India.


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