‘i’ndividual to ‘ensemble’

The tableaux was simple because it had cues from the graphical representation we had done it in the precious exercises. Or so I thought. We explored the tableaux in different spaces. I realized that the meaning with which the tableaux were created in the studio, changed, varied, found new connections in new spaces. It made me realize that the emotions are not fixed entities. They … Continue reading ‘i’ndividual to ‘ensemble’

Rhythm within the body, between the bodies and the space

My eyes got sparkly as soon as they brought in the musical instruments. I had dabbled into string instruments like tanpura, guitar and ukulele and also a percussion instrument – a drumset. But seeing all this variety made me feel really excited. It would be safe to say that this exercise was, by far, the most exciting one. We were set free with the instruments … Continue reading Rhythm within the body, between the bodies and the space

Building up a story

Narration of a story, memory, an experience or even an anecdote is not all about expression and experience. Engaging someone in your narration comes down to how you present it, your vocabulary, your emphasis on words, your tone and most importantly the pauses. Emotions and expression always came easily to me, so for this exercise I focused more on what is to be narrated and … Continue reading Building up a story

One plus one is always more than two

An ease in a connection gives you the freedom to explore the surroundings. And in order to become one with another being, to connect with something, one has to forget oneself. The exercise of gaze gave potential for this exploration. With a couple of variables, there was a stark difference in the experience. With Charvi, there was a natural ease. This ease allowed the awareness … Continue reading One plus one is always more than two

In the neighbourhood: Madari

Madari: Street performer who entertains people with help of their trained monkeys, Magician, Conjurer, Trickster. Monkeys and their performance acts have been my earliest memory of witnessing performing arts. I have stories told to me about my great-grandmother making me dance with them to the beat of her walking stick. My fascination with monkeys’ acts as performance could also be traced to a favourite toy … Continue reading In the neighbourhood: Madari

Bhaat-Nyotna: Performance unique to Community

When I was prompted to think about performing arts unique to my community/region. I began by ruminating over three words- performing arts, my community and my region. My region is Delhi, the kind of Delhi where the middle classes live in gated colonies. The kind of Delhi that is all about travelling by metro. This is the region I identify the most with. The community … Continue reading Bhaat-Nyotna: Performance unique to Community

Performance Unique to Community

Having spent five years of my childhood in Kolkata, my understanding of community and culture started to develop there. From studying and writing essays in school on Durga Puja, to witnessing live processions, the culture kept developing in my mind. Walking into grand Durga Puja Pandals holding my parents’ hands, and watching people perform at those pandals, including myself, provided me with a sense of belonging to the community. Continue reading Performance Unique to Community