In a unique amalgamation of different art forms, Norwegian black metal music will fuse with classical Indian dances like Bharatnatyam and Kathak live on stage for the first time.
The performance, titled, Questionings, is being presented by the Norwegian band Vreid and Delhi born France-based dancer Rukmini Chatterjee, along with Kathak dancers Anuj Mishra and Smriti Mishra.
“The lyrics and intensity of Norwegian metal music, along with the symbols and rhythms of Indian classical dance and the techniques of new technology, bring forth the universal dimension of man in modern times,” says Chatterjee, who has trained under Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai.
As to the reason behind working with Vreid, Chatterjee says, “Black metal music brings forth the energies of our times in a powerful way. Since this act invokes the Kaliyug, for me, there was no better art form to work with.”
Vreid, comprising of Hvall (Jarle Kvale), Steingrim (Jorn Holen), Sture (Sture Dingsoyr) and Strom (Stian Bakketeig), kick off their world tour with the performance in India. “It’s a very unique project, and we feel honoured to be a part of Rukmini’s great vision,” says Kvale.
Classical Indian music has impressed the band so much so that Kvale says, “The qualities of this form of music is very inspiring. I have been in touch with several Indian metal bands. It’s heartening to see that metal has a strong presence in the Indian subculture.”
After the Indian tour, Questionings would travel to theatres and festivals in Europe such as The Opera of Oslo in Norway, the festival Temps d’aimer la Danse in France and The Théâtre de la Ville, Paris.
Watch It Live
What: Questionings, a performance
When: March 26
Timing: 7pm onwards
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
Nearest metro station: Mandi House on the Blue Line