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Drama

Hindi play 'Swayamdeepa' written & directed by Dr Madhuri Subodh staged on 5th January 2018 at LTG Auditorium, New Delhi

Hindi Play 'Ghir Aaye Saanjh', written & directed by Dr Madhuri Subodh, on 24th October 2017 at Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

Ghir Aaye Saanjh is inspired by the life of an ambitious young woman who, in spite of her humble background, rose to staggering heights of stardom. From being a successful actress to being an astute politician, her ambitions take her from the illusionary world of on-screen glamour, to the power corridors of public office. Her soaring ambitions, interspersed with the varying shades of her personal life, and the ever changing allegiance of her close associates throws her life in a never ending maze. Madhuri Subodh's Ghir Aaye Saanjh interweaves the sublime with the headlines to create this work of fiction.

Hindi Play 'Manoveena', written & directed by Dr Madhuri Subodh, on 27th October 2017 at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi

The story is about a simple girl's aspiration for fame and power which propels her from her humble beginnings to a flight into the deep darkness of desire, greed and deceit. Her denial of her past and her hate for the relationships that emerged from it gives her personality an abstract dimension. The girl, Manoveena, thus far an unknown face suddenly finds herself in the limelight as an alleged conspirator in the murder of her own sister. There might have been unusual reasons and uncertain intentions behind this murder which the story explores. The play interweaves this dense mesh of complicated relationships.

Swayamdeepa

Aadyantara's play,'Swayamdeepa' directed by the young debutant director, Rahul Kumar & written by Dr Madhuri Subodh, was showcased at Sahitya Kala Parishad's drama festival 'Parishad Natya Samaroh' at their premises in C-3 Janakpuri, New Delhi On 17th March 2016.

'Hindi play, Mann Vrundavan, written & Directed by Madhuri Subodh. on 4th October 2015 at Epicentre, Gurgaon

The play Mann Vrundavan is a creative-reconstruction of the life and persona of Meerabai. It is a narration of Meerabai’s unrelenting and unparallel devotion for her lord, Krishna. The play is based on evidences in her poetry and in history. It attempts to showcase the life of a woman well ahead of her time as she chooses, against all odds, to live a life of her choice, that at the feet of her beloved Lord Krishna'.

Hindi Play 'Mann Vrundavan', written & directed by Madhuri Subodh, on 18th April 2015 at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi.

Meera’s love for Lord Krishna transcends the boundary between the metaphysical and the physical resulting in her total surrender to Him. She endured all adversities for the conviction of her principles and uncompromising path of devotion. She was truly ‘liberated’ in thoughts and actions, and epitomized a woman beyond her times in a human jungle of prejudice and suppression.

Swayamdeepa

Hindi play 'Swayamdeepa', directed by Madhuri Subodh at Epicentre, Gurgaon on 11th January 2015. The event was presented by Aadyantara in collaboration with Epicentre.

Swayamdeepa

Hindi play 'Swayamdeepa', directed by Madhuri Subodh at Seminar Hall, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on 14th January 2015. The event was presented by Aadyantara in collaboration with NSS Division of IIT, Delhi.

‘Swayamdeepa’, a hindi play, written & directed by Dr Madhuri Subodh, in February 2014 at Shri Ram Centre for Art & Culture, Mandi House, New Delhi

Swayamdeepa revolves around the story of Devyani, daughter of Guru Shukracharya from the Mahabharat, and through her medium reflects upon the condition of women in our society which has remained unchanged. It brings to light the dispassionate and selfish motives which make her vulnerable even in today’s times. It depicts how society is still biased to her and refuses to give her her dues for her contributions, accomplishments, and sacrifices.

Workshops

Expressions Workshop

'Expressions Workshop', held between 26th - 29th December, for young adults. Our Gen Y needs to find their voice and verbal communication is not the only medium!!! The workshop explored alternative mediums of expression & how to bring out your true expression in a constructive way. The workshop was conducted by Rahul Kumar and coordinated by Dr Madhuri Subodh

Samanvay

Explaining the nuances of Indian Classical Dance, with emphasis on Kathak, for students of Tokyo University of Foreign Studies at Japan Foundation, New Delhi on 11th March, 2011

Madhuram

Depiction of the many forms of Krishna. India Cultural Centre (Cultural Centre of Indian Embassy) at Colombo, Sri Lanka. September 2009

Seminars & Baithaks

National seminar on 'Meerabai Samekit Punarmulyankan' on 5th August 2016 at Seminar Hall, Sahitya Akademi

Meera's love for Lord Krishna transcends the boundary between the metaphysical and the physical resulting in her total surrender to Him. Her societal standing as a married woman forbade her 'relationship' with Krishna with dire consequences, even though a similar devotion by a man was celebrated as 'Madhura bhakti'. Her resolve was tested time and again, mentally and physically, by society, however she refused to relent. She endured all adversities for the conviction of her principles and uncompromising path of devotion. She was truly 'liberated' in thoughts and actions, and epitomized a woman beyond her times in a human jungle of prejudice and suppression.

There are different schools of thoughts when it comes to Meera's poetry, which has become inseparable from her choices and her convictions in life. The seminar aimed to comprehensively re-evaluate the different layers of her poetry and her time.

Chairperson: Dr Nirmala Jain (Former Professor & Head, Hindi Department, Delhi University); Speakers: Dr Suresh Rituparna (Former Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Language, Japan); Dr Krishna Menon (Professor, Department of Women Study, Ambedkar University); Dr Suman Kesari (Professor, ITM University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh); Dr Kumkum Sangari (Professor, Wisconsin University); Other speakers: Dr Aruna Gupta, Dr Asha Joshi, Dr Rekha Sethi, Dr Sarika Kalra, Dr Amitesh Kumar, Dr Amish Aneja

Special Guest: Padmashri Dr Anvita Abbi (Director, Studies of Tribal Languages, Sahitya Akademi)

Seminar Moderator & Coordinator: Dr Madhuri Subodh

Srijan

Innovation and Experimentation in Indian Classical Dances’.21 November , 2009. Review.

To understand and explore the new influences those are shaping the identity of the Indian classical dance forms. The idea was to weave together different thoughts in this subject by foraying different viewpoints, and in turn attempt to define the emerging essence of this rich amalgamation

Media Coverage

Rang Baithak

Panel discussions and play reading at Triveni Kala Sangam in April 2014

The First session was a panel discussion on 'the role of words in theatre'.  Theatre personalities and scholars from the literary world participated in the dialogue. This was followed by play reading of 'Swayamdeepa', written by  Madhuri Subodh, by Aadyantara Theatre Repertory followed by open house discussion.

Recitals

Pravahaa kathak recital at the Epicentre, Gurgaon in June , 2009.

When the dance spread from the temples, the gradual shift of presentation to difficult layakaris emerged to gain patronage. Here the dancer learnt to communicate with her audience, through words and through her dance. Stories set to the base of thumri and dadra served to embellish the dancer’s bhaav. Later dance was set to musical segments like the tarana in various ragas. The recital brings out some these influences that have shaped and enriched kathak.


Yahi Madhav !: At Sai Nrityostav at Bangalore in October 2009

The recital was based on the thought of Madhav. Everything about Him is beautiful. He is beautiful, all that He created is beautiful, all that He does is beautiful. Followed by the technical nuances of Jaipur gharana style kathak with emphasis on footwork and movements set to long rhythmic parans.




Dasavtaar: By Aadyantara Dance Repertory at Haridutt Sharma Puruskaar Sammelan, Russian Cultural Centre, New Delhi. December 2009.

Dasavtaar, begins with the portrayal of the Mahavirat roop of Krishna. Lord Krishna is considered the poornavtaar, or complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu….’Krsnastu bhagwaan swayam’. The mysticism surrounding Krishna takes multidimensional hues. Brahma roop Krishna presents Himself in different forms, as depicted in Jaidev’s ‘Geetgovindam’. The ten incarnations or avtaars are– Matasya, Kashchap, Vaaraha, Narsingh, Vaman, Parushuram, Ram, Balram, Buddha and Kalki. He assures his devotees that whenever ‘adharma’ weights heavy on this earth, then to establish the order of ‘dharma’ and to protect them, He will descend on this earth again and again…… sambhavami yugae yugae, sambhavami yugae yugae. This was a unique recital as Dasavtaar has rarely been attempted in kathak.

Radha….Krishnamayi: Depiction of Krishna through the eyes of Radha as He transverses from Man Mohana to Mahabharat’s Mahapurush. November 2009.

Radha is known as Krishna’s consort. Her identity with Krishna is inseparable….she is Krishnamayi. Her life, her world, her being revolves around Krishna. She however disappears in history once Krishna leaves Vrindavan. She is rarely spoken or written about after this phase of Krishna’s life. ‘Radha….Krishnamayi’ shows her journey as a witness to Krishna’s life, and in turn a witness to her own life. It is a story about Krishna through Radha.

Yahi Madhav !: By Aadyantara Dance Repertory at Vedvyas Sangeet Nrutyotsav, Rourkela, Odisha. November 2009

The recital was based on the thought of Madhav. Everything about Him is beautiful. He is beautiful, all that He created is beautiful, and all that He does is beautiful. Followed by the technical nuances of Jaipur gharana style kathak with emphasis on footwork and movements set to long rhythmic parans.



Rang-Colours of Devotion: A creative expression of sufi and bhakti poetry in kathak. at Triveni kala Sangam in June 2008 ,New Delhi.

Over the years, man has conceived and depicted God in various colours of imagination. From being the highest and most powerful entity to being a friend, a confidant, a mate. Rang-Colours of Devotion is an amalgamation of this portrayal by poets over different eras. It is a journey of Sufi and Bhakti compositions of some of the greatest poets and poetesses spanning between the 13th and 16th century.


Govindam at the Habitat World, India Habitat Centre in May 2008, New Delhi.

Govindam is Krishna, of all the mystical gods; the multidimensionality of Govinda’s character has opened the doors of imaginations of one and many to their own interpretations. Govindam-the kathak recital, encompassed the facets of Krishna as depicted in Jayadev’s famous composition Dasavatara from Geetagovindam.


Aadyantara Publications

The launch of the script release of 'Mann Vrundavan' on 5th August 2016 at Seminar Hall, Sahitya Akademi in the presence of Padmashri Dr Anvita Abbi (Director, Studies of Tribal Languages, Sahitya Akademi) & Dr Nirmala Jain (Former Professor & Head, Hindi Department, Delhi University)

Launch of ‘Aadyantara Publications’ and book release of ‘Swayamdeepa’, written by Dr Madhuri Subodh, on 25th April 2014.