Gandhi: Warp + Weft

I was quite taken by Geeta Chandran‘s solo performance, Gandhi: Warp and Weft, at the Tagore Theater in Chandigarh. This contemporary, minimalist bharatanatyam used several aspects of Gandhi’s later life and work (e.g. religious asceticism, critique of untouchability, satyagraha, khadi) as themes around which the performance revolved. Part-dance, part-mime, Chandran – an acclaimed bharatanatyam artist honored with a Padmashri – was absolutely captivating. At times the piece was too slow for my taste, and I would have liked to see a bit more dancing, but otherwise I applaud Chandran for an excellent overall performance and for doing something new and different with a classical mode.

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