NCPA presents
Mudra Dance Festival
Tata Theatre, Mumbai
April 13, 21 & 22, 2018

March 27, 2018

Mudra Dance Festival 2018 celebrates oneness. The feeling of being interconnected to everything around. This oneness translates into many deep connections that exist between the different forms of the Arts, among the different styles of dances and also between the body, mind and soul of a dancer. Mudra 2018 is an ode to this connection which is everywhere just waiting to be discovered.



On April 13th , Dr. Sanddhya Pureccha with her troupe presents THE SPEED which links the performance to the Natyashastra and Abhinaya Darpana.

The legendary Astad Deboo will be accompanied with music by Mohi Baha'ud-din Dagar. The performance will elegantly put together the elements of dance and music.

Uma Dogra and her troupe spread the message of eternal truth in BEYOND.

Lata Surendra will present SETHU. She will be accompanied by Latasana Devi (Manipuri), Prateesha Suresh (Sattriya), Dr. Tina Tambe (Kathak), Deep Mehta & dancers of Deep Dance Academy (Contemporary), Sunil Sunkara & Mayur Vaidya team (Kathak).

Two performances will be featured on April 21 - SAHAHRIDAYA, the interconnected soul by Priyadarsini Govind, and KAMALA DALAM by Sadanam Balakrishnan & troupe. Sahahridaya will explore the connection of the soul with the elements in the universe, both animate and inanimate. Kamala Dalam will explore the connection of the sringar rasa with that to feelings of sensuousness, suspicion and jealousy - in a program about the relationship between Ravana and Mandodari.

On the last day of the festival, Odissi exponent Sujata Mohapatra will be performing at NCPA for the very first time along with her troupe. Her piece titled ADYANTA is a portmanteau of the words 'Adi' meaning the beginning and 'anta' meaning the end. The performances recognises spirituality and travels from Mangalacharan to Moksha.

Bringing the festival to an end, Aditi Mangaldas presents WIDENING CIRCLES. The segment is based on the concept of pratityasamutpada or interdependent co-arising. This is, because that is. It will be presented in three parts; The Sun, The Moon and The Earth.

Through the festival there will also be various workshops conducted. Choreographer Sanjukta Wagh's workshop will cover the varied ways of approaching the word and its relevance in different modes of performance, movement improvisations and studio based tasks exploring text and a collective inquiry into the phonetic and rhythmic possibilities of words in performance. Artist Subodh Poddar will talk about his work and guide participants to create sketches of dancers. Harikrishna Kalyanasundaram and Lata Raman will explore the interdependence between music and dance. Kathakali expert Sadanam Balakrishnan, Kathak exponent Aditi Mangaldas and Bharatanatyam exponent Priyadarsini Govind will take the learners through the three main components of dance - natya, nritta and nritya.

- April 15:
Workshop on Theatre and Dance by Sanjukta Wagh, West Room 1, 11am to 1pm
Workshop on Visual Arts and Dance by Subodh Poddar, West Room 1, 2pm to 4pm

- April 18:
Lecture-demonstration on interdependence between music and dance by Harikrishna Kalyanasundaram and Lata Raman, Little Theatre, 6.30pm

- April 20 - 22:
Workshop on the three main components of dance, West Room 1, 11am to 1pm:
Kathakali (abhinaya) by Sadanam Balakrishnan
Kathak by Aditi Mangaldas
Bharatanatyam by Priyadarsini Govind

For workshop registrations:
Write to sdasgupta@ncpamumbai.com or call 6622 3822/70390 67878