2018 : Tanashah


Tanashah

Tanashah, 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.

Both 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.

Credits:
Concept, choreography and performance: Navtej Johar
Vocals: Venkateshwaran Kuppuswamy and Madan Gopal Singh

Lighting and Stage Design: Anuj Chopra
Produced by Studio Abhyas / Serendipity Arts Foundation 

Links to interviews, reviews and responses:

https://www.asianage.com/entertainment/in-other-news/010419/bhagat-singh-to-buddha-dance-theatre-mix-in-out-of-the-box-presentations.html?fbclid=IwAR28QsBfqBIOcU_0IMWtFq-mGyfj5Bw10IDoHLICBL7ESZQcs-xadeL6XP0  

http://www.narthaki.com/info/rev19/rev2321.html?fbclid=IwAR3JwPbkFlja-zJHhq22kBa9X0Zp9Ja3BAmBKNRheHZvO4qG1tDRbPtAI3Q

https://scroll.in/magazine/908027/a-new-play-shows-a-side-of-bhagat-singh-that-politicians-and-bollywood-movies-gloss-over

https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/navtej-singh-johar-play-on-bhagat-singh-tanashah-5616613/?fbclid=IwAR38UeHXfOIa6kJJdShmd_ocFgFCWMa3mtrleBncb37AJPWU8iclJ2STgOE

http://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/hindi/2019/mar/09/bhagat-singhs--courage-is-quite--inspiring-to-me-1948796.html

Tanashah was commissioned by the Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF), and premiered at Goa, on Dec 16th, 2018