Mallika Sarabhai Enthralls N.Y Audience

The Indo-American Arts Council presented an evening of Indian dance on April 17 with Mallika Sarabhai's "The Colors of Her Heart," a dance-theatre-multimedia production at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre in Manhattan, to a full house. Choreographed and directed by Sarabhai, an accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer, with the visual imagery and story creating skills of Yadavan Chandran, it incorporated the haunting lyrics of British musician Samia Malik who sang live on stage. Six women told their poignant stories bringing awareness into the issue of gender inequality and violence. On stage, the performance moved from powerfully spoken monologues sharing true stories of the travails of women interspersed with group and solo dances in different techniques and formats. In the backdrop, a projection screen drew attention in parts to the larger than life silhouettes of the dancers and in parts to powerful words and phrases that women encounter in our society. With the music moving from the fast tempo of rap to soulful ghazals, the audience was taken on an emotional journey.

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