Savitri-Dancing in the Forest of Death
A SOLO WORK BY PREETI VASUDEVAN
SAVITRI - Dancing in the Forest of Death is the story of a woman's journey of loss, search, discovery and spiritual freedom through love. The original Savitri is a relatively minor character in The Mahabharata: a princess whose royal husband (demoted to being a wood-cutter because of his father's blindness) is carried off after only a year of marriage by the God of Death, Yama. Savitri challenges Yama, in an attempt to win back the life of her husband Satyavan. Traditionally, and through many different interpretations over the centuries, she has been seen as a pious woman upholding ideals of patriarchal Hinduism: "epic" perhaps in the sense that epic poetry upholds and sustains the founding myths of a
The performance of SAVITRI developed as a dialogue between Preeti Vasudevan’s traditional roots in classical Indian dance-theatre and her provocative modern theories of movement and expression.
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