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Prayatna Film And Dance Festival

Prayatna Film And Dance Festival

Dance | English, Hindi


April 25, 7pm – My story/ My Song by Hrishikesh Pawar

April 26, 7 pm – Ramayan – A Shadow Puppet performance by Chidambara Rao

April 27, 7pm – Mahabharata A Puppet Show by Anurupa Roy

April 28, 7pm – Simple Dreams by Dadi Pudumjee

Hrishikesh Centre for Contemporary Dance in collaboration with Goethe Institute and Aabracadabra Entertainment presents the 10th Prayatna Film & Dance Festival.

The festival this year explores storytelling and theatre by way of puppet performances by various master puppeteers from across India.

On April 25, festival director Hrishikesh Pawar and his troupe will present My Story/ My Song. The history of dance has proved the efficiency of the form and its healing effect across communities. The performance showcases Hrishikesh’s Community outreach projects and collaborations with the Deep Griha Society and Dance for Parkinson Disease, bringing together a series of short stories through age, class and gender all under one roof to help us look at life as is .....!

On April 26, master craftsman & national award-winning puppeteer, S. Chidambara Rao and his troupe tell the story of Ramayan using the traditional shadow puppet art from Andhra Pradesh, bringing to life the various characters from the Ramayan including lesser known characters from Ravana’s family.

On April 27, Anurupa Roy, founder of Katkatha brings alive the story of Mahabharata in her puppetry performance. The performance explores the inner dilemma and back stories of 14 characters in the play. Each character is an archetype whose single-minded and unquestioning loyalty to one belief leads to inevitable conflict. Could there ever have been a moment when any one of these characters could’ve averted the war by letting go?

On the final day of the festival, Dadi Pudumjee and his Ishaara Puppet group will present Simple Dreams, a production without dialogues. The group will use props, physical movement and dance to create scenes from the natural world- birds flying & fish swimming - and contrast these images with city life and the degradation of the environment.


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