Raga 2022 Anubandh – Connectedness By Malavika Sarukkai (India) In collaboration with Apsaras Arts Dance Company for Indian Performing Arts Convention 2022
Conceptualised and choreographed by Malavika Sarukkai, Anubandh – Connectedness is a response to the isolation, loneliness and trepidation arising from the pandemic. Exploring the essential relationship between nature and our lives, this piece seeks to recognise and reclaim humanity’s primordial relationships with natural elements: the sun and the moon, as well as the pancha mahabhutas (the five great elements) honoured in India: prithivi (earth), apah (water), agni (fire), vayu (wind) and akasha (space).
The artist invites you to journey with her—from the familiar to the unfamiliar, from the known to the unknown—as the narrative moves from the personal to the shared, the individual to the collective. The work reinforces our deep links with the great elements—the generosity of planet Earth, the rejuvenating powers of water, the caressing pleasure (sukha) of the wind, the unending depth of sorrow (dukha) in fire, the wonderment in sensing space, and knowing that the same life-breath (prana) pervades us all.
At a time of uncertainty in a fractured world, Anubandh – Connectedness is a call to the transformative power of hope.