Artistic Direction and Choreography: Savitha Sastry
Story, Song Lyrics, Script: AK Srikanth
Music Composer: Rajkumar Bharathi
Music Arrangement and Sound Analyst: Sai Shravanam @ Resound Studios, Chennai
Narration: Hans Kaushik
Technical Direction: Victor Paulraj (Studio7, Chennai)
Costume design: Arun Kumar Tiwari (Earthen Canvas, New Delhi)
Design and Photographs: Aditya Sastry, (Lost Arrow Studios, California)
Vocal: Keerthana Vaidyanathan
Keyboard and Harmonica: Vijayshankar
Percussion: Ganapathy Venkatasubramanian
Shehnai: Pandit S Ballesh
Nadaswaram:D Balasubramani
Veena: Bhavani Prasad
Flute: Vishnu Vijay
Sitar and Zitar: L Kishore Kumar

Chains: Love Stories of Shadows (2015)

“Faceless, voiceless and emotionless…I have sought love for all eternity. Faith is my virtue, and I remain a dark shadow ever chained to the one I love. This is my love story, the love story of a shadow. Feared, detested and abhorred I may be, but mine is the only love that will remain, till the end of time.”

‘Chains: Love Stories of Shadows’ is a production that rips apart the masks we everyday people wear through our lives, exposing and exploring the real freedom of choice that our society accords to us. Following the ground breaking successes of our earlier productions, Chains takes a long hard look at a woman and her life. Is there room in a woman's life to do what she wants, or is her life a compromise of the expectations of her family and the society she lives in? Times have evolved, the parameters broadened, but there still exists a fence. Chains explores the dividing line between free will and compromise.

'Chains' is based on writer AK Srikanth's trilogy - a story that carries with it the intensity of a tempest. It is almost impossible to emerge unaffected by his story - it is as though he has held up a mirror in front of us that forces us to see what is, rather than what we think is. When Savitha, acclaimed as the 'renaissance architect of Bharathanatyam', delivers the raging, tumultuous tale of bondage with her grace and lucidity, the effect is a visual epiphany. She brings the art alive for even an audience that is uninterested in the classical Indian dance forms. The experience is accentuated by the musical score of Rajkumar Bharathi, ebbing and flowing magnificently with the narrative. The lush soundscape with over a hundred tracks of music, that echoes every nuance of the character in the story, will leave the audience dazzled. The magical chemistry of the story and dance is also brought alive by the vibrancy of the costumes and the technology of lights. 'Chains' is an experience in art and life. One that cannot be forgotten.


(Please write to pr@savithasastry for passes.)

Jan 31, Sat, 2015: Experimental Theater, NCPA, Mumbai

Feb 7, Sat, 2015: Agri Koli Sanskriti Bhavan, Navi Mumbai

Feb 20, Fri, 2015: Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad

Feb 27, Fri, 2015: Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Chennai

Mar 7, Sat, 2015: Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Bengaluru

Mar 14, Sat, 2015: The Fine Arts Society Auditorium (Chembur), Mumbai

Mar 27-29, 2015: China

Apr 10, Fri, 2015: St.Andrew's College Auditorium, Mumbai

May 16, Sat, 2015: Harris Center Stage 2, Folsom, California

May 30, Sat, 2015: Montgomery Theater, Palo Alto, California

June 6, Sat, 2015: DL Parson's Theater, Denver, Colorado

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