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Colours of fire

Colours of fire
Kathak exponent Vidha Lal brings to the Capital a duet by herself and Abhimanyu Lal titled Colours of Fire. Fire or agni, is the most illuminating and the alluring element out of the five building blocks of nature. Like every sustaining particle on earth, it has its own boon and bane. As boon, its presence instills a feeling of auspiciousness, warmth, creativity and energy.

On the same front, it also carries some strings of bane. It is always said that, ‘too much of anything is always harmful’, you ignite the fire a bit too much and it is all set to consume you. If it provides light for the vision, it can also take away the vision itself. Inspired by these natural nuances of fire, the choreography brings forth the different colours of fire, depicting its different moods and meanings. The choreography is bloomed up by invoking the vibrations of fire with the agni gayatri mantra and agni suktam from the Rig Veda.

It is hard to name the colour of fire in one single attempt, as it is not a single colour. But, it is the outcome of many colours. The choreographer has attempted to distinctly introduce the different colours of fire - yellow, orange, red, black and then fuse them together to create a
burst of fiery energy.

Orange - fire is instantly connected with the colour of orange. It is definitely a maneuvering shade of fire, but not the most captivating one. It does draw a lot of attention than the other colours, but there is still one colour of fire which is above all..

Black - one automatically links black with mystery as well as a symbol of minimalism or termination. Black naturally brings in the effect of residual, its whirling outcome, the ashes. This colour shows a way towards end but introduces a lot of prefixes and suffixes to the revolving term - Agni, taken from the 140 names of ‘agni’ two chhandas of seven beat and eight beat time cycles have been taken, weaving various rhythmic patterns to show the mysterious mood of blue-black shades of fire.

Red - this colour itself lets our imagination flow towards compassion and sootheness. For this the choreographer takes the support of the quotes by Sant Kabir- Biraha jalati main phiroon, moh birahan ko dukh, chhaanh na baithun, darpati, mati jal uthe bhookh, (I am burning in the fire of separation. I wander here and there, but my heart can’t find rest, I can’t even sit under the shadow of any tree, as the tree itself will catch fire from me. I can’t have even that much rest).

This colour is certainly extravagant but the least consuming and yet capturing like a tinge of melody woven along with it.

Yellow - this colour of fire is the most captivating shade. It wraps around the rest of the colours. But at the same time it is the strongest because it has the rest of the colours penetrated within itself to become the strongest one. To show the dominating nature of this shade, the dancers perform in tremendous speed showcasing various parans, bedam tihaayees and breath taking spins.

These four colours mingle amongst themselves and in outcome, they produce a beautiful aura formulating into fire.

Kamani Auditorium WHEN: 21 September, 6:30 pm onwards
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