a solo by Navtej Johar, explores extremes! Based on the
jail diaries of Bhagat Singh, particularly his essay titled,
“Why I am an Atheist”, it examines the resolve
of a young man to walk to the gallows with searing clarity,
un-sublimated by religious doctrine or idealist philosophy.
The impending moment of his youthful death almost seems
to embolden him, propel him unto that final moment with
a fierce veracity. Juxtaposed against this fierceness
of a man tempting death, is a padam, an amorous
song, that talks of a lover’s unbearable longing and
unacceptable separation from his beloved.
the narratives—the powerful ardour of a revolutionary
and the unbridled desire of an impassioned youth—dark,
masculine, uncompromising, and almost heckling in nature—will
be somatically interwoven in search of poised resolve in
the finality of awaited death/consummation.
With the twin claims of unequivocal freedom and pleasurable
repose or sukha, playing at the core of these two
full-blooded expressions respectively; the aim of the work
will be to bring both courage and desire on the same register.
Concept, choreography and performance: Navtej Johar
Vocals: Venkateshwaran Kuppuswamy and Madan Gopal Singh
and Stage Design: Anuj Chopra
Produced by Studio Abhyas / Serendipity Arts Foundation
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Tanashah was commissioned by the Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF), and premiered at Goa, on Dec 16th, 2018