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A member of the audience rose spontaneously after the incomparable Alarmel Valli’s moving performance based on the 15th century Telugu saint-poet Annamacharya’s songs, to express sadness that the five-day Mudra festival at the NCPA was ending. The minimalist gestural language of her art, the absence of an accompanying singer to draw constant attention to the word, and the voluminous costume that blurred the lines of the body, allowed her all the space to transcend the body and invoke the spirit. It was an end that envisaged the beginning of a new world of goodness and righteousness under the divine light of the sun.

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