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Hansika

Hansika

Performances | English | 1hr 15mins
Artist
Sharmila Mukerjee
Sharmila Mukerjee
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Hansika was conceptualized, choreographed and premiered to a full house in Bangalore in 2018, followed by two successful shows in Bangalore and Delhi respectively. Hansika is the second step towards this vision, the maiden production being Sookshma based on a Kannada folk tale, with a social message regarding the environment.


The ballet originating from a Russian folklore raconteurs the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. Following a gripping story of love, deceit, and despair, the end marks a file of swans flocking to a safer haven, their present home being polluted by humans for generations on end. The production in the garb of an Indian classical dance form draws a close parallel to classical ballet as we know it. Hansika explores how ballet and libretto can be adapted to Indian classical raaga(music), taal (rhythm) and laaya (pace). The score of the production is original, replete with Indian classical elements and instruments like pakhwaj, flute, sitar, and diverse rhythmic syllables. Tchaikovsky's original theme shows up in the music structure time and again. 

The dance narrative in Odissi is a detour from traditional ballet aesthetics, yet unanimously speaks of humanity and sustainability. The closing scene showing the swans flocking to cleaner waters conveys a strong message of taking care of nature and not push it beyond the point of redemption.


This Show is specially for raising funds for Hank Nunn Institute. Hank Nunn Institute is a not-for-profit registered charitable trust with a focus on making mental health affordable and accessible. We look forward to your support in reaching this goal. 

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