Classical dance forms have always been known to be predominantly emotive. But a new production titled Yudh, is set to take things to a whole new level. Produced by Sai Shree Arts (SSA), the performance will be a mélange of Indian classical dance steps and narrative theatre.
Popular Bharatanatyam dancer and founder of SSA, Savitha Sastry will be headlining the performance, which will reflect upon the idea of justice. “The show is a solo Bharatanatyam dance theatre that will showcase perspectives that come from three characters — God, Satan and humans,” says Sastry.
After producing Soul Cages last year, which revolved around the story of life and death, Yudh is another original production from SSA. The story for this one has been written by Sastry’s husband and partner, A K Srikanth.
“It speaks of a war that seemingly has no end. We do not suggest any right or wrong in these perspectives; we leave the answers to the imagination of the audience,” says Sastry.
Besides dance, the production also boasts of music, lighting and audiovisuals. The music has been produced by Chennai-based composer, Rajkumar Bharathi. While the score focuses on Indian ragas, there will also be an international feel to the soundtrack. Instruments used for the score include the sitar, oudh and violin, among other traditional instruments.
“The performances will engage the audience far beyond just the kinetics of the dance. They will be presented with an intelligent story. The experience is further accentuated with the music and lighting,” says Sastry.
She also feels that the performance will be an edge of the seat experience. “And that’s something one normally associates with cinema. Through this performance, I just want to establish that classical dance forms can even narrate contemporary stories and are far from boring.”