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A dance recital to channelise anger through creativity

Contemporary dancer-choreographer Padma Shri Astad Deboo will be performing with Manipuri drummers, this weekend in the Capital.

art and culture Updated: Mar 04, 2017 07:39 IST
Henna Rakheja
Astad Deboo

Contemporary dancer-choreographer Astad Deboo.

Dance forms are powerful tools to express your emotions, especially anger. You are mad, hurt, frustrated, and this art becomes the medium to vent out your feelings creatively. Contemporary dancer and choreographer Padma Shri Astad Deboo’s new choreography, Rhythm Divine II - River Runs Deep, is a piece of work that displays reality through dance.

“Rhythm Divine I, was all about rhythm. Rhythm is dynamic yet spiritual. There’s rhythm in the temples when at kirtans there’s recitation of songs. And rhythm is ultimately dedicated to the divine,” says Deboo.

The concept of the show is a continuation of the first part, but it also talks about “The frustrations and anger that are there because of political unrest and militancy in the area,” adds Deboo, feeling heartbroken at the sight of northeast being a paradox where breathtaking natural beauty is marred with militant aggression.

Astad Deboo during the performance of Rhythm Divine. (Amit Kumar)

“River Runs Deep tackles with the unrest in the northeast region in a subtle way,” says Deboo, who will be performing with the drummers of Shree Shree Govindajee Natsankirtan. “The drummers dance without drums and the choreography as a whole shows how traditional performing arts disciplines can come with minimal art choreography,” he says.

Drummers from Shree Shree Govindajee Natsankirtan, who will perform with dancer Astad Deboo. (Amit Kumar)

He considers his work to be a team work. Though the dance piece is a blend of the folk with the contemporary, yet Deboo doesn’t like to use the word ‘fusion’, to define his work.

CATCH IT LIVE
  • What: Rhythm Divine II - River Runs Deep
  • Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
  • When: March 3
  • Timings: 7pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on Blue and Violet Line

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