World Music Institute Presents
Dancing The Gods Festival
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World Music Institute's annual Dancing the Gods festival-which has "a record of attracting some truly godlike dancers" (The New York Times)-returns for its fifth season. This festival unites some of the world's most talented Indian classical dancers with live musicians for two spectacular nights of performances, lecture-demonstrations, and chat & chai artist receptions, bringing the audience closer to the artists. 


NIGHT ONE: Mythili Prakash: "JWALA - The Flame"


Hailed a child prodigy, Mythili Prakash began her career at the age of eight and has performed extensively over the last two decades in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. She brings to this year’s *Dancing the Gods* festival a production exploring the multiple resonances of Jwala, the flame, as a symbol of life and spirit, both physical and metaphysical. Trained by her mother, Viji Prakash, in Bharata Natyam dance, she is now mentored by India’s acclaimed master Malavika Sarukkai. Mythili’s use of traditional Bharata Natyam technique and extended repertoire creates new structures that awaken the physicality, musicality, and theatricality of the art form. While highly acclaimed for her technical and virtuosic skill as a performer, Mythili stays deeply rooted in the inherent spirituality of the art form, which is the driving inspiration of both her choreographic explorations and her own practice.


Pre-show Lec-Dem with Festival co-curator Rajika Puri at 7pm


Chat & Chai meet and greet with the artists after the performance

NIGHT TWO: Sanjukta Wagh: “Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari”

Performer, choreographer, teacher, and curator, Sanjukta Wagh has trained extensively under Rajashree Shirke in Kathak dance and Pandit Murli Manohar Shukla in Hindustani music. Her engagement with theatre (honed by playwright-director Chetan Datar), her work at the Laban Centre of Dance in London, her love of literature, and her deep unease with comfort zones have led to her interdisciplinary and exploratory mode of work.


This year’s Dancing the Gods festival features her most recent dance/theater work, Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari. Inspired by Irawati Karve’s acclaimed text Yugant (which studies the characters of the epic Mahabharata) and interested in embodiment of the character Gandhari (an incarnation of the Goddess of Intelligence), the work won two National Theatre Awards at META (India) in 2015.


Pre-show Lec-Dem with Festival co-curator Rajika Puri at 6pm


Chat & Chai meet and greet with the artists after the performance