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The experimentation of Kathakali with Flamenco in the dance-drama Dushyasana Vadham was very exciting to experience. The dance-drama pushed the boundaries of both dance forms to explore the spaces that were serious no no! Though moved away from the very traditional, the overall concept was executed with a dramatic effect. It was worth the experimentation. at the Delhi International Arts Festival (Diaf)!

In the epic Mahabharata, good versus evil is a constant context. Dushyasana, one of the brothers of Duryodana (Kaurava), was deputed to bring Draupadi into the hall where the pandavas and kauravas are playing a critical game of dice. Yudhishtir, the eldest of the pandavas was challenged into the game by Duryodhana, the eldest of Kauravas in a scheme to usurp the kingdom of Pandavas. In the game, with the willy Shakuni using his magical dice on behalf of Duryodhana, slowly grabs every possession and belonging. Brothers are enlaved and so was Draupadi, their wife.

Duryodana sends Dushyasana to bring Draupadi into the arena of the game. Draupadi resists and finally Dushyasan drags here into the arena holding her long tresses… and she was disrobed. Bheema, the muscular second son of Kunti, swears to kill Dushyasan for his misdemeanour and he promises Draupadi that he will bring the blood of Dushyasan to wet her tresses to avenge his misadventure!

In the Dancedrama, Draupadi was portrayed by the beautiful, sensous and versatile Flemenco dancer from Spain while Dushyasana and Bheema were portrayed by the Kathakali performers.

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Diaf - Flamenco and Kathakali - Dushyasana Vadham

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Diaf - Flamenco and Kathakali - Dushyasana Vadham

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Dushyasana Vadham - Kathakali and Flamenco dazzled in tandem

Diaf - Flamenco and Kathakali - Dushyasana Vadham

Diaf - Flamenco and Kathakali - Dushyasana Vadham

Diaf - Flamenco and Kathakali - Dushyasana Vadham

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Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]

– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011

– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011

– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011

– Photographs featured with poetry in the book Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012

– Photos being published in a coffee table book format on Rajasthan and India, coming up Jan 2013

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