Thoughtful, Powerful & Mesmerising: The “Tribhanga” Orchestration of Dr. Citaristi
I think nothing fits more aptly than these famous lines from Eleanor and Park for me to describe Tribhanga’s concluding day’s performances. I am still awestruck by the powerful and invigorating performances of the repertoire group of Dr. Citaristi.
Dr. Citaristi is so comfortable in her composure, her attire and her Indian ways, that it was hard for me to take her as someone who is still learning the ways of the Indian Culture. Her choreography and the performance of her group was no less a testimony to the above statement of mine. As I sat there in the Kamani Auditorium, watching scenes after scenes of charisma unfolding in front of my eyes, I could not help but ponder upon her words she had uttered in her interview with me, a few hours ago, “Through this dance, I hope to redeem myself.” I think, she not only did redeem her own self, but opened the path to any takers (myself included), among the audience.
Some Familiar Faces, Some New
I went in a little early inside the auditorium yesterday. One of the perks of being an on-ground blogger is the convenient access to all backstage nuances before they become accessible to the public eye.
As I went inside, I was greeted by a comfortable silence as if even the auditorium was prepping itself for the solemn performance in a few hours. The stage was being set up and barring the sound of a few footfalls, there was nothing to be heard. I collected my thoughts and decided to greet the incomers mutely and speculate their actions before they got engrossed in the show.
As the hall started filling up few minutes before the show was about to begin, I could see some repetitive faces, familiar from the previous day. I understood they wanted more of what was about to come. A surprising but nice addition to the auditorium today was the presence of young Schoolgirls. Nice idea for an outing and a shout-out to the school that did it. The sombre ambience was filled with the whispered and excited chattering of these youngsters.
The show’s theme for the final day’s performance was the brainchild of Dr. Citaristi. Having collected inspiration and motivation from a number of sources over the years, she decided to fruitfully execute them on the 20th anniversary of Art Vision. The first performance of the evening was Siddhartha, based on the book with the same name by Hermann Hesse, followed by Karuna, a performance on one of the many inspirations in Ileana’s life, Mother Teresa.
Mysticism, Beauty, Grace and Compassion: The Resplendence of the Show
While I was anticipating both the performances to be phenomenal, I could have never even guessed the extent of what was about to hit me. Packed with scintillating performances, both Siddhartha and Karuna portrayed the face of the entity that is man in times of hardship. Siddhartha is credited with being the inspiration behind fuelling the path to spiritual introspection for the 70s generation.
The phenomenal performance by Shashwat Joshi added feathers in the cap of the masterpiece. Siddhartha, portrayed by Mr. Joshi, depicted a young, disoriented man in search of deeper meaning of life. He becomes a nomad, to ascend this path to self-realization but is soon exhausted of the emptiness of an ascetic life. He is about to give up, when he chances upon an old boatman who teaches him the meaning of life. The powerful performance by the troupe, the thoughtful expression on the face of the protagonist and the graceful and comforting composure of the boatman in the form of Ileana was nothing short of excellent.
Another major highlight of the event was the mesmerising Mallakhamba performance by Mallakhaba performers. They took over the stage during the sessions where Siddhartha was in deep self-introspection. The performance was so power-packed that you could almost relate to the different thoughts going inside the mind of the protagonist.