The road well travelled

The works of Rabindranath Tagore have played a pivotal role in challenging societal perceptions of women. Using Tagore's presentation of women characters, Troyee - Women Impressions, presented by Kaushiki dance school at Madhusudan Mancha on April 11, not only etched out the layered characters in three of Tagore's dance dramas, namely Chitrangada, Chandalika and Shyama, but also delineated the ideas that each embodies - ideas that remain pertinent to this day. Choreographed and directed by Kaberi Puitandy Kar, and presented in the form of Gaudiya nritya, the underlying theme was perhaps the only novel aspect of the production.

By Dance - Shreyashi Ganguly
  • Published 2.06.18
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The works of Rabindranath Tagore have played a pivotal role in challenging societal perceptions of women. Using Tagore's presentation of women characters, Troyee - Women Impressions, presented by Kaushiki dance school at Madhusudan Mancha on April 11, not only etched out the layered characters in three of Tagore's dance dramas, namely Chitrangada, Chandalika and Shyama, but also delineated the ideas that each embodies - ideas that remain pertinent to this day. Choreographed and directed by Kaberi Puitandy Kar, and presented in the form of Gaudiya nritya, the underlying theme was perhaps the only novel aspect of the production.

The enactment of Chitrangada was livened up by Nilay Mandal's energetic portrayal of Arjun; the use of the chamor also highlighted a key aspect of the Gaudiya dance form. However, in Chandalika, the stage was used rather unimaginatively. The conversation scene between Prokriti and her mother is a case in point. The choreography of this particular exchange could have been more engaging. Shyama, again, was good only in parts. But even these were not something that would be unfamiliar to a knowledgeable audience. Unlike the stage set-up, the narration by Madhumita Bose did not disappoint. Background screens resembling Windows Vista wallpapers - this, indeed, was the case - may not appeal to the discerning viewer. Amidst all this, the performance by three of Kar's differently-abled students stood out. This, along with the denouement where the three protagonists come together, somewhat dispelled the feeling of déjà vu that gripped the mind.