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Epic retold the contemporary way

 Vibha Maru |  2015-05-19 20:35:51.0  |  New Delhi

Epic retold the contemporary way

Festival of Ballets that retold mythological legends through a contemporary way of storytelling, amalgamated with ballet, came to an end with the final show Kumar Sambhava. The <g data-gr-id="45">artistes</g> took the stage to depict an endearing story of the demon Tarak.  

The show began with <g data-gr-id="44">solo</g> performance of Swapan Majumdar portraying the role of Tarak, who gets a boon of invincibility from Brahma and causes havoc on heaven and earth. It, <g data-gr-id="43">therefore</g> becomes imperative for Shiva to break his vow of never marrying again and to beget a son who will kill Tarak. 

On the other side, Parvati had taken Shiva as her prospective spouse and would daily worship him for her wish to be fulfilled. It was Basant, the season of <g data-gr-id="38">love,</g> when Kamdev <g data-gr-id="37">shoot</g> an arrow of flowers to Shiva which filled his heart with love. But the <g data-gr-id="36">resented</g> interruption by Kamdev caused Shiva open his third eye in anger which reduced Kamdev to ashes.

Backed with strong choreography, Kumar Sambhava was magnum opus from the great Indian mythology that <g data-gr-id="30">whenver</g> evil raises its head on earth, it is devoured by the might of the supernatural.

Raj Kumar Sharma as Shiva was the highlight of the show as he performed silently from one corner of the stage making a mark of his performance by <g data-gr-id="42">posing</g> difficult meditation positions for several minutes. “Our practice starts five months before the festival, we have to keep an account of our diet and be much disciplined while rehearsing,” said Sharma.

The show was a mixture of dance and drama with moments of vigilant fight between Kartika and Tarak accented by <g data-gr-id="29">jiff</g> of bright lights and then there were occasions of intense love between lord Shiva and Parvati which left a brief smile on viewer’s faces.  

“Indian ballet is no less than <g data-gr-id="27">anyother</g> ballet in the world, hence it should be promoted to international platforms”, said Shobha Deepak Singh, director and producer of the show.

Often fusion of dance forms turn out to be nothing but confusion, <g data-gr-id="35">however</g> the show which summoned the Indian ballet festival was a full package of dance forms collaborated in a tasteful manner. Dance forms like classical, <g data-gr-id="31">semi classical</g> and martial arts were performed to narrate the epic story. 

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