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The Tansen on a Tighttrope

The Tansen on a Tighttrope

Performances | Hindi, English | Age 14+


Language: Mostly Non verbal

The historically famous Indian musician Tansen was a Dhrupad singer at Akbar’s court. It is said that after hearing Tansen sing, Akbar asked if it was possible for anyone to sing better than him. Tansen replied that his Guru Swami Haridas was a much better singer. How can this be possible? asked Akbar. Tansen replied to sing for you, the king. Swami Haridas sings for God.

In Tansen on a Tightrope, three artists explore the tension between performing to please an audience and practicing art as a spiritual act. They interweave Dhrupad compositions by Tansen with contemporary movement in a narrative inspired by Tansen’s life story. Can one singer, one dancer and a percussionist find the balance between tradition and modernity, introspection and performance, their inner selves and the universe?


  • Age Limit: 14+
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