YATRA – A Journey Called Life

The dancers graceful performance was set to indo-western fusion music

The dancers graceful performance was set to indo-western fusion music

Yatra is a passage through time, through movement, through words and song. A dance performance based on life, Yatra took the audience at Gyaan Adab on a mesmerizing journey. Viewers travelled along with the dancers through the four basic ends (purusharthas) of human life, as recognized by the Hindu tradition: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
The dancers’ graceful and expressive movements scripted the story of the various stages of life and the search for the true meaning of existence. Different dance styles like Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kalaripayattu and Western Contemporary were explored at different stages to bring about the true essence of the story. These styles were complemented beautifully with indo-western fusion music including violin, drums, piano, sarod, sitar, flute and sarangi. The dance sequences were interwoven with a poetic script by Ravindra Matthadhikari in Hindi. The story led the audience to reflect on the changing, transient nature of life. Each stage of life was enacted by the dancers with movements and expressions, giving form to a riveting and imaginative performance.
The three dancers, Aparna Gandhi, Varda Vaishampayan and Priyasha Deshmukh, were appreciated for their beautiful journey and for a memorable evening by the overflowing audience at Gyaan Adab.

The ballet explored a variety of dance styles and movements

The ballet explored a variety of dance styles and movements

The dancers take a bow

The dancers take a bow

 Gyaan Adab was housefull as the journey called 'Yatra' began

Gyaan Adab was housefull as the journey called 'Yatra' began

Varda Vaishampayan expressive narration was riveting

Varda Vaishampayan expressive narration was riveting

Priyasha Deshmukh is strength and poise

Priyasha Deshmukh is strength and poise

Aparna Gandhi mesmerizes with her grace

Aparna Gandhi mesmerizes with her grace