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The great epic Ramayana is traditionally told as a story of Rama’s life. The main purpose is to demonstrate the righteous path (dharma) for all living creatures on earth. Rama is celebrated as the “Adarsh Purush”. However, it is not the story of Rama alone. It also tells the story of Sita. Sita, is one of the pre-eminent feminine powers in the Hindu mythology. There are as many versions of Ramayana as there are Indians. In many of these, Sita is not secondary to Rama, much less a helpless woman. She is the all-powerful heroine of the story.
A central figure, who shapes the events around her. She is not simply Rama’s wife but the female power which enables the male to act. She is not subservient to Rama but rather complements and completes him. This production draws from the many re-telling of Ramayana such as Valmiki Ramayana, Ram Charit Manas and Adbhuta Ramayana.
Anuradha Venkataraman is a Bharatanatyam dancer and a theatre practitioner. Trained under Guru Saroja Vaidyanathana in Bharatanatyam and under V.Balakrishnan is theatre. Anuradha has been performing regularly in India and Abroad.
She is an empanelled artist of ICCR and an ‘A’ graded artist of Delhi Doordarshan. Academically Anuradha has completed her MPhil in Cultural Studies in Jain University Bangalore under Dr.Choodamani Nangdagopal. She has been an Artist in residence at TUIDA in South Korea, Rags of Memory by Instabili Vaganti in India and OMI dance residency in New York.
She has been part of two international collaborations- Fish Tree Moon a play written and directed by Yosup Bae from TUIDA which premiered in Ranga Shankara’s festival in Bangalore and Dante Beyond Borders by Instabili Vaganti, which premiered in both India and in Italy.