Asmita - Celebrating The Indian Identity
Renowned classical dance exponent and arts activist Sonal Mansingh and her troupe presented Asmita, a ballet "celebrating the Indian identity", with the participation of the renowned violinist L. Subramaniam and his wife Kavita Krishnamurti and their team of musicians, on 13th August at the Ashok Convention Hall in New Delhi. It was indeed a rare event as artists of the calibre of Sonal Mansingh, violin maestro Dr. L. Subramaniam and popular vocalist Kavita Krishnamurti, worked together as a team, putting their creative energies together to offer an aesthetic experience.
Sonal Mansingh, in her choreographer's note, said: "In Asmita I have envisioned the evolution of the Indian world-view and how it grew and took shape, influencing Indian consciousness and identity. The most unique part of Indian civilization is Indian thought, that has ensured its continuum and vibrant existence today. Also India's contribution to world thought and culture has been significant. In this work I have explored the treasure-chest of Indian thought in the fields of philosophy, religion, myth and legend as well as science." According to Sonal Mansingh "Asmita is a celebration of India as the navel or bindu of one's consciousness. The seven sacred rivers traverse the seven worlds within us and from Zero or Soonya springs all creation. The Zero, which is India's gift to the world, gives us space to play and celebrate in the living void of our hearts. Asmita is a celebration through dance, music and theatre, of the many unique dimensions of India."
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