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Return - Credits

Concept, Choreography and Performance
Debashree Bhattacharya and Vikram Iyengar

Music Arrangement
Siddhartha Bhattacharyya

Lighting Design
Sudip Sanyal

Stage Design
Vikram Iyengar, Sudip Sanyal, Amlan Chaudhuri


RETURN-a rediscovery of Kathak
Where does dance begin?
Where does it lead?
What is its purpose?

Concept note

Two classical dancers are forced to re-evaluate and redefine their relationship with their dance form when the very soul of the art slips away from their grasp. The more they try to capture this ephemeral being, the more it deserts them.

Has dance become more about technique, form and virtuosic skill and less about an uplifting human experience?
In the quest to conquer the externals of dance, do we let the spirit get away? What does Saraswati – goddess of learning and the arts – stand for? What does she embody for art, for artists?
How does one approach her, get to know her?

Enter a world of music and movement:
a rediscovery of Kathak
a rediscovery of the relationship between performing art and the performer

A return to a space and spirit one must constantly revisit

"an impressive dance-dialogue. Their strong understanding of the Kathak genre helped them to experiment and innovate. Powerful....profound" The Telegraph, Calcutta, June 2011

A splendid syncing of soul and rhythm…Cal Calling,
Vol 12, Issue 6, June 2011




The process of creating Return saw us spend session after session asking ourselves what is was we wanted to dance, why it was we wanted to dance. Literally returning to creating a duet piece after ten years, we wanted to tread carefully and specifically. The questions soon became more analytical about why we dance at all, what dance means to us, what dance offered as a form of expression, and the apparently changing face of how dance is performed and perceived today.

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The music for Return has been inspired by various profound vocal renditions of Indian classical and semi-classical forms, specifically various shades of Tarana.


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