In 1993, Pushpalata Dance Company performed its first dance-drama by Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Chandalika – The Outcaste’, under the artistic direction of Priya Pawar. The flyer for the performance provides a brief history of Pushpalata Dance Company and a synopsis of the story of ‘Chandalika’ along with a brief biographical note about Tagore. The music for the performance was directed by Barun Gupta.
|Date of Creation / Publication||1993|
|Creator||Pushpalata Dance Company|
|Associated Person/ Organisation||Pawar, Priya|
|Collection and Reference Number||Pushpalata Dance Company (GB 2661 PD)|
|Access to originals||The originals belong to Priya Pawar.|
|Series notes||In 1993, Pushpalata Dance Company presented its first production, Chandalika, a Rabindranath Tagore’s classic dance-drama about unrequited love. Priya Pawar’s rendition of the early 20th century play incorporates the dance forms Odissi and Kathak. Chandalika is the story of a Prokriti, an untouchable woman (Chandal) who lives on the outskirts of the town with her mother. When a Buddhist monk, Anand, treats her with compassion and dignity, Prokriti falls in love with him and embarks on a journey of self- discovery, eventually embracing a Buddhist way of life. The production was performed at the Place Theatre in London. The digitised items include flyers, programmes and photographs from the performance.|
|Collection notes||The digitised materials from the Pushpalata Dance Company consist of documentation such as flyers and photographs of Priya Pawar’s performances such as ‘Chitrangada’, ‘Chandalika, The Outcaste’, Kathak-Odissi performances and various others. In addition, photographs and leaflets relating to her previous dance company, Triveni, her community, outreach and education work and biographical information are also included.|