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An emotive piece of dance theatre that describes the lives of the legendary epic heroines Sita and Draupadi, transforming their legacy to the modern day.

In the epic Ramayana, Sita is the wife of Rama, the seventh avatara of Vishnu in the Hindu tradition.She is esteemed as the standard setter for wifely and womanly virtues for all Hindu women and choses to reincarnate herself on earth as Sita enduring an arduous life in order to provide humankind with an example of good virtues. Sita , asks ‘I was born a princess. Through Marriage I remained a princess and a princess loved by all. Then why did I get so much pain? Where was my fault?’

In Mahabharata, Draupadi, becomes the wife of the five Pandavas. Draupadis Bastra-Haran, literally meaning stripping of ones clothes, marks a definitive moment in the story of Mahabharata. It is the one of the driving reasons that ultimately led to the Mahabharata war.
Despite coming from royal families, they led a life of humiliation and suffering. Today as we stand in the 21st century, do women still face the same oppression they had gone through once upon a time?

Draupadi tells - "Draupadi has five husbands - but she has none -
She had five sons - and was never a mother …
The pandavas have given Draupadi …
No joy, no sense of victory
No honour as wife
No respect as mother -
Only the status of a Queen …
But they all have gone
And I'm left with a lifeless jewel
And an empty crown …
My baffled motherhood
Wrings its hands and strives to weep".
Despite coming from royal families, they led a life of humiliation and suffering. Today as we stand in the 21st century, do women still face the same oppression they had gone through once upon a time?

The one hour performance blends theatre, Indian Classical dance forms (namely Bharat Natyam,
Kathak and Odissi), together with a hint of Folk and Contemporary dance forms and back projection.Performed by Showmi Das - a Kathak Dancer trained under Jayashree Acharya and Senjuti Das - an Odissi Dancer trained under Muralidhar Majhi.
Duration: 1 hr Language: English
Concept: Sowmi and Senjuti Das
Lighting Design & Creative Consultancy: Korak Ghosh

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