Yavanika: Dance Film by Priyadarsini Govind (Indian Performing Arts Convention 2021)Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Priyadarsini Govind
Subtly, delicately, He wove this wrap! What is its warp? What is its weft? With what fibre was it woven?
In his poem, the mystic poet Kabir wonders about the body, describing it as a wrap taken on by the soul that is eventually discarded at the end of life.
Yavanika similarly explore the concept of the body through the philosophies of seer-poets in India. The body is seen as comprising the five natural elements, and as a vehicle that carries the soul through its journey in life. It is also through the physical that Indian poets have sought union with their beloved gods, and the medium in which music and rhythm is visualised through dance.
This production uses the poetry of Jayadeva, Kabir, Pambatti Siddar, among others, composed to music by Dr. Rajkumar Bharati, choreographed and performed by Priyadarsini Govind, with features from Apoorva Jayaram and Shwetha Prachnade.