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Presented by Diwali in BC

Oct 27, 2018 | York Theatre [map]

York Theatre

Co-presented with Vancouver Tagore Society and in Community partnership with Mandala Arts & Culture with support from BC Arts Council

A Bharatanatyam interpretation of Tagore’s epic Bengali dance drama Shyama. This dance theatre piece is a tribute to the first non-European Nobel-laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and his magically visual poetry and music of love. The romantic tragedy of Tagore is based on the story of Shyama, a powerful royal court dancer. Shyama falls in love with a foreign merchant who is falsely imprisoned by the King’s guard. The story slowly unfolds as Shyama travels great lengths to save her love from unjust execution. Dance artist Arno Kamolika has been collaborating with choreographer Jai Govinda, musician Shankhanaad Mallick and with director Rohit Chokhani for over three years on this production, and Diwali in B.C. will debut their most current version of this poetic, deep philosophical story that will be performed on stage with other Bharatanatyam dancers in B.C.

This show was picked and featured as a part of the Georgia Straight Fall Arts Preview, read more here.

Original Concept: Arno Kamolika and Jai Govinda
Original Choreography by Jai Govinda
Additional Choreography by Arno Kamolika
Directed by Rohit Chokhani

Performances by an all-female cast:
Arno Kamolika
Grihalakshmi Soundarapandian
Jayalakshmi Ravindra
Malavika Santhosh
Vidya Kotamraju
Music credits:
Vocals: Shankhanaad Mallick, Suranjana Hoque
Sitar: Firoze Khan
Flute: M. Moniruzzaman
Esraj: Asit Biswas
Tabla: Swarup Hossain
Mridangam: Sayenden Supramaniyam
Sound Recording: Chhayanaut (Dhaka), Sajjadur Rahman, Avik Dey