"Stunning contemporary resonance ... performers dazzled the audience with both their mastery of Kathak and enactment of one of India's most beloved epics." - India West
SITA HARAN (the abduction of Sita) -- choreographed, composed, and directed by celebrated Kathak icon, Pandit Chitresh Das, is a dynamic and original interpretation of an excerpt from the great epic of India, the Ramayana. Sita Haran brings this ancient epic to life with an international all-female cast of dancers, sumptuous multimedia, Sanskrit poetry and an original score. Pandit Das delves deeply into the characters, creating a unique contemporary perspective, shedding new light on this story of greed, lust, distraction and divine intervention. Sita Haran is an excerpt of one of the most important literary works of India, the Ramayana, with an interpretation of Pandit Das that reexamines this ancient epic within its traditional context while bringing powerful, contemporary issues to light.
SITA HARAN premiered in San Francisco in 2009 and at REDCAT in Los Angeles, CA and in Kolkata, India in 2010.
What the Press Says
“... It was Das’ choreography and clarity of interpretation that made Sita such a delight. This is a show that should travel beyond the confines of its Indian audiences.” - Rita Felciano, Dance View Times
"...ambitious and impressive..." - Jeremy Ganter, Executive Director, Mondavi Center
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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.Art Works.
The presentation of The Chitresh Das Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.
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