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Celebrating the many shades of melancholia

more-lifestyle Updated: Nov 04, 2016 14:57 IST
Soma Das
Soma Das
Hindustan Times
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A still from the short film And Sometimes. She Loved Me Too (2016) by filmmaker Karan Talwar (Photo: Harkat Studios)

The emotion of melancholia finds expression through song, dance, theatre, and art at an experiential event

Have you ever felt elated after listening to a song or watching a movie? It can be explained by the rasa it is meant to evoke.

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The concept of rasa in Indian aesthetics focuses on the mood of the audience after a performance. In Natya Shastra (the theory of performing arts), composed by sage Bharata (between 200 BC and 200 CE), he specifies eight such rasas, including love, laughter, disgust, horror, and wonder.

Inspired by the idea, Michaela Strobel, 28, filmmaker and founder of Harkat Studios, a co-working and arts space in Andheri, decided to host sessions dedicated to various moods. Conceptualised during the gloomy monsoon, Strobel’s first event highlights melancholia. After the rains played spoilsport a few times, it is finally set to take place this weekend.

In the Mood for Melancholia is a three-hour session that will feature music, dance, experimental theatre, films, even a museum dedicated to melancholia. Filmmaker Debjani Mukherjee will make sand art illustrations accompanied by tunes sung by her husband, musician Shayok Banerjee. Through images that morph into each other, Mukherjee will narrate the story of a girl seeking freedom.

A theatrical reading by actor Satchit Puranik titled Loss (Photo: Harkat Studios)

Theatre actor Sheeba Chaddha, too, is part of the line up. Her act, Murakami’s Sleep, is inspired by the 1992 book by Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. Chaddha plays the narrator, a Japanese housewife, who spends 17 days without sleep, and discovers new aspects to herself.

There will also be the screening of a short film — And Sometimes. She Loved Me Too (2016) — by filmmaker Karan Talwar, on the demise of a relationship. Additionally, there will also be a mini-museum of ordinary objects by Tram Arts Trust and Extension Arts. While an earlier session, in April, featured 100 mundane objects, the focus here is on objects that evoke melancholia, from a broken guitar to an LP record.

An exhibit from the mini-museum of ordinary objects (Photo: Harkat Studios)

In the Mood for Melancholia will be staged on November 5, 7pm onward
At Harkat Studios, Aram Nagar 2, Andheri (W)
Tickets: Rs 800 on insider.in