Seattle, March 15 (IANS) A century after Rabindranath Tagores visit to Seattle in 1916, a South Asian Arts Organisation based in the Washington State area of the US, is bringing one of Tagores finest compositions to the public.
Pratidhwani, a non-profit driven to create and promote performing opportunities for arts and artists of South Asia, has just announced its 10th flagship dance show, "Chitrangada". It's the story of a warrior princess from the ancient Hindu epic "Mahabharata" that Tagore retold as a dance drama in 1892.
Tagore is India's first Nobel Laureate as well as the first non-European to win the prize in Literature. "Chitrangada," one of his finest compositions, is a lyrical saga of one woman's quest for love, courage, and the true meaning of beauty. This tribute to the myriad facets of femininity make it as relevant today as it was centuries ago.
Comprising of a group of professionals who have full-time careers and dedicate their late evenings to creating art, Pratidhwani is committed to bringing South Asian performing arts and artists to audiences in the greater Seattle area since 2001.
The lyrical saga has been directed by Moumita Bhattacharya and produced by Nitya Gupta.
"Chitrangada is a lyrical expression on gender stereotypes. And yet, it is a story of love. Of the ability of love to transform and the fact that love needs to embrace and support a person's raison d'être. This piece of art is a showcase of multiple music genres, dance forms, and costume styles of the Indian subcontinent," said Bhattacharya.
It will be performed in The Allen Theatre at ACT, 700 Union Street, in downtown Seattle. The production opens on April 28 and runs through May 20.