Source: www.livemint.com; Author: Prachi Jawadekar Wagh; Photo Courtesy: www.livemint.com

Piya bin nahi aave mohe chaina in Raag Yamani Bilawal rises to a feverish pitch in Maharaas—the dance that unites the nayika with Hindu god Krishna, taking her to a transcendental plane. She believes she is dancing with the supreme power, only to realize that every journey must end, the beloved must leave just like the soul departs from the body, all is but maya (illusion). Delhi-based dancer Maitreyee Pahari will create this illusion with 14 dancers through Kathak and Mayurbhanj Chhau at the five-day Ananya Dance Festival. She will be joined by four dancers from across the country who will present group choreographies in Odissi, Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam and Kathak on themes ranging from the grandeur of the Narmada river to the panchabhuta (five elements—ether, wind, water, fire and earth).

Date: 2-6 October
Time: 7 pm onwards
Venue: Purana Qila, Delhi

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