The present work is based on
the life of Rabi'a al-Adawiyya, an Islamic
mystic who lived in 8th century Basra. Rabia's journey is traced sometimes
in her own words as has been handed down by her biographers, and sometimes,
as it echoes in the poetry and songs of Meera Bai-a woman saint who lived
in Marwar in the 16th century. Rabia's awesome personality that combined
a forbidding austerity with an all consuming passion, demanded a choreographic
structure stripped of all non-essentials yet able to convey the scorching
power of the emotion. All the aspects of choreography and representation
in the performance, therefore, seek to move away from illustrative and
towards the abstract hoping to capture the elemental spirit of Rabia.
Light design: Goutam Majumder
Set and stage design: Sumantra
was trained in the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam by guru Nana Kasar.
Since 1995, she has been working on her own choreography.