Ganga – Nitya Vaahini (The Eternal River) by Malavika Sarukkai

12 Apr 2014
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre

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Malavika Sarukkai. Photo by Deepa Colour Lab Delhi.

Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society presents celebrated dancer Malavika Sarukkai in a performance of her work Ganga – Nitya Vaahini (The Eternal River) at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Having created this work over the course of a decade, Sarukkai pays homage to the sacred river Ganga and its importance in Indian culture, history, the environment, and spirituality. Sarukkai will be accompanied by a live orchestra.

From Sruti's project website:

"The production journeys from the geographical confluence of the two great rivers, Bhagirathi and Alakananda, at Devprayag, high in the Himalaya mountains and traverses physical terrain and metaphysical spaces. Ganga is at once the mythic river emerging from Lord Siva's matted locks as it is also the river of life coursing through the plains of India. She is the 'Eternal River'—a silent witness to the relentless cycle of birth and death, to the sacred and profane, to purity and pollution. And now, in our times, she laments about the pollution and its environmental implications while moving finally towards the ocean. As the river surrenders her identity to the ocean she reflects the profound philosophic Indian truth of Advaita (a philosophy that self, Atman, is nothing but Brahman or the supreme. The separate self dissolves in the sea of pure consciousness, infinite and immortal)."

Ticket prices range from $20–55 each. The 90-minute performance will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.