Studio Groove presents "Chakraview.." a dance theatre at FICCI, Federation House, 1, Tansen Marg > 7pm on 2nd May 2013

Time : 7:00 pm

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Place : Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Federation House, 1, Tansen Marg, New Delhi - 110001

Event Description : Celebrating the spirit of womanhood through Tagore's Karna-Kunti Samvaad, Studio Groove brings you the mega-production CHAKRAVIEW...a dance-theatre that is a blend of different genres of dance and music from some of Delhi's most promising artists.

Chakraview, apart from the imminent wordplay, conveys different levels of meaning. Chakra, a cultural symbol representing an endless cycle, and view, the attempt to convey a perspective through art, namely the Chakraview dance-theatre production. The 'chakravyuh' found in the Mahabharata, a complex, spiral-like military formation has been perceived to represent the complex power structure of patriarchal society, within which the woman is trapped and forever perpetuates as the downtrodden subject. The chakravyuh of the warring man (main) figure has explicitly, and/or implicitly subjugated women ever since the time of the Mahabharata. Chakraview focuses on an episode in the Karna-Kunti arc of the Mahabharata that is quintessential to understanding Kunti, one of the most notable women characters in mythology and a key to fresh insights into our cultural roots, such as the Mahabharata and dominant ideologies, such as Dharma.

Kunti differs as a humanitarian upholder of Dharma, and therefore escapes its ideological system, countless examples of which reveal that it is a woman-suppressing social order. Matters of honour are associated with the warring man in a patriarchal setup, and these matters are governed under Dharma in the Mahabharata. Karna's anxiety to win the war against Kunti's son Arjuna is an example of this fact, but little does he know that he himself is Kunti's son whom she had abandoned as it was socially unacceptable for an unwed mother to raise a child. Kunti's appeal for peace, on the contrary, is a non-societal take on Dharma. Her main intention is for Karna to accept her as his mother and therefore avoid waging a war with his brother, and she couldn't care less about honour. But this is not the case for Karna and Arjun. Unlike the men in Mahabharata, the women not only know how to wield power but also when to sacrifice it for the greater good. However, in the end, Karna's honour-anxiety gets the better of him despite Kunti's pleads, and Kunti realizes that either way, she loses one of her sons to war.

Studio Groove, an intensive creative house and rising forum for artists all over New Delhi, brings you the mega-production Chakraview, an adaptation of Tagore's 'Karna-kunti Samvaad'. Chakraview is a vibrant and thrilling showcase of original dance, music and drama, performed by an ensemble cast from Studio Groove's Nrityangana, a forum for prominent Delhi dancers and musicians. Above all, Studio Groove wishes to convey through the medium of the arts awareness of the woman's powerless condition in contemporary society, and even better make an appeal to its audience to withhold a vision of peace, sensitivity and gender equality.

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Studio Groove presents "Chakraview.." a dance theatre at FICCI, Federation House, 1, Tansen Marg > 7pm on 2nd May 2013 Studio Groove presents "Chakraview.." a dance theatre at FICCI, Federation House, 1, Tansen Marg > 7pm on 2nd May 2013 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Thursday, May 02, 2013 Rating: 5

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