Renowned dancer Daksha Sheth will be performing her new dance theatre production, Sari, for the first time in Mumbai, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on Sunday.
In fluid moves, the performance will capture the story of an unstitched garment — from the flowering of a cotton seed to the making of the yarn, the spinning of the weave and finally the draping.
The show, staged earlier in Delhi and Chennai, is an hour long and features live music.
“It’s an unusual theme for a dance theatre production, yet the audience response has been positive at the previous two performances,” says Sheth.
The performance will be followed by a three-day exhibition aimed at promoting hand-woven and hand-spun saris.
Music for the performance has been composed by Australian-born musician Devissaro, who works closely with the Daksha Sheth Dance Company. The production itself was initiated by textile scholar Rta Kapur Chishti, co-author and editor of Saris of India.
“Hand skills can create products that are superior to those created by machines. But these skills are slowly being edged out by mechanisation,” says Chisti. “There is an urgent need to promote handmade saris and keep the tradition alive. From a global perspective, this is an area where we are superior to other countries. We must not allow the talent and skill of the craftsman to die.”
While the performance will be staged at the NCPA, the exhibition will be held at the Artisans’ Gallery in Kala Ghoda. Titled ‘Taanbaan – Handspun-Handwoven’, it will exhibit handmade saris from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
WHAT: Sari, a dance theatre performance
WHERE: NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
WHEN: November 30, 7pm onwards
COST: Ticket prices start at Rs 500
Tickets are available at the NCPA box office and online: atncpamumbai.com and bookmyshow.com
WHAT: Taanbaan – Handspun-Handwoven, a textile exhibition
WHERE: Artisans’ Gallery, Kala Ghoda
WHEN: November 29 to December 1, 11am to 7pm
CALL: 2267-3040, 98201-45397