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Hark Portrays Stark Reality

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
By Vijay Shanker

National Centre for the Performing Arts presented an evening of contemporary theatrical dance wherein two talented dancers presented their work in their own individual styles. The dancers were Namaha Mazoomdar and Vidya Subramaniam from Chennai. The performance was held at the Experimental theatre of NCPA.

The great writer Mulkraj Anand had once asked a dancer can your project the sufferings of people, poverty or death through dance, the dancer was surprised but led to pondering over the matter as normally a person dances when he is she is happy but nobody dances when they are sad but "Hark" showed that as to how problems, suffering and tragedy can be interpreted through theatrical dance. Hark is based on a true story of tragedy that struck a family in a village in Pondicherry. Death is inevitable but it is the near and dear ones that suffer the most as they have to continue living and face the stark reality. With the base of Odissi and innovative and stylized movements, coupled with percussion and sarod music as the backgroud score, the four women dancers provides you with the spectacle of the trauma and suffering the family has to go through as the male members of the family have expired. Namaha Mazoomdar along with Namrata Mehta, Anuradha Waikar and Anuradha Sanghvi perform with unformity and vibrancy creating a lasting impression.

Namaha is the disciple of Odissi expoent Daksha Mashruwala and she has also learnt theatre arts from Raka Maitra in Singapore and Australia. The music on percussion was provided by Vaibhav Wavikar and the beautiful music on Sarod was provided by Hriday Desai. The lighting designer was by dramaturge Ramassamy with execution by Nilesh Singha.

Vidya Subrmaniam revealed her command over dramatisation while portraying the powerful character of Draupadi through her individual style of performance.

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