When the Gods meet
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- Published 14.11.13
|The storyteller: Sonal Mansingh took on the role of the sutradhar who introduced each story. Telling the tales through mudras and abhinaya, Mansingh was a magnetic presence on stage.|
Myths and legends of two ancient civilisations came alive on the GD Birla Sabhagar stage on Saturday evening with the debut of danseuse Sonal Mansingh’s latest endeavour, When the Gods Meet. The 90-minute choreography sought to explore the common themes between Indian and Greek mythologies through five different tales.
The first act was Kaalya Mardanam, the story of Krishna’s subjugation of the King of Cobras living in the Yamuna, and was performed by Sonal Mansingh’s group. The second act about Eros, the God of love, and Psyche, the woman he falls in love with, was performed in the form of Latin American dances by Sandip Soparrkar, Jesse Randhawa and their group.
With the third act, the story of Bhasmasura and Mohini, and the fourth act, the story of Zeus and Europa, the pace of the performance picked up, reaching a crescendo with the final act — the weddings of Shiva and Parvati and Uranus and Gaia. A seamless jugalbandi of the Indian and western dance forms.
“You were like a magnet that kept drawing us into the stories,” Tanusree Shankar, who was in the audience, told Mansingh.
|Latino steps: Latin American dance by Sandip Soparrkar as Zeus and Jesse Randhawa as Europa.||Lessons learnt: The story of apsara Mohini and Bhasmasura had a moral — don’t become too proud. Mansingh’s group brought alive the tale of the asura who was given a boon by Shiva. He could turn anyone or anything to ash with a touch. Vishnu took the form of an apsara to trick him into using it against himself.|
|FINAL ACT: The last section depicted the weddings of Shiva and Parvati and that of Uranus and Gaia. Pictures: Sayantan Ghosh|