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.
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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