Kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya, the six classifications in hinduism or ‘arishadvarga’ are visualised through ‘Matsyaangna’ which means ‘mermaid’ (in kannada dialect). An eclectic choreography that dwells deeply in the mockery of the human race.
The spineless, floaty movement of fish in an aquarium is what breathed life into this piece.The dancers are made to step into the the unreal, magical and sometimes dark world of mermaids where the concept of reality and fantasy are intertwined. They sink into unison with the iron prop that gives it a floaty feeling of water; the prop being stagnant and fixed and the energy around it being liquid, with each dancer bringing in her own personal journey and experience.
The piece is a whirlwind of the emotions and the layers that lie within each emotion. Brought to life with the quirky movement vocabulary that draws heavy inspiration from the prop, ‘navarasa’ (9 emotions as per Abhinaya Darpana) and most uniquely, the real experiences that the dancers have been through. This piece leaves you to think beyond the world of humans, and lures you into a journey of the mermaids.
Choreographer – Madhuri Upadhya
Genre – Theatrical
Music- Praveen D Rao
Costume- James Pereira
Property- Sridhar Murthy