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When Walls Dance
Bharatanatyam, Warli Art & Immersive Animation
Co-created by Prachi Saathi & Upasana Nattoji Roy, When Walls Dance is a unique 40 minute live performance that brings together the classical dance form of Bharata Natyam, animation & tribal Warli art together to tell the story of a little girl Champa and her beloved tree.
The story revolves around the friendship and love between Champa, the little tribal girl and her namesake tree. They grow together and their lives are intertwined in more ways than they realise. The bond that the girl shares with this tree is that of true selfless friendship which they promise each other, will last forever and ever. The show is specially curated to engage children.
This production is an attempt to bring together two age-old art forms – the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and the tribal art of the indigenous Warli tribe – through scenography including motion design & projection. The hope of a project like When Walls Dance, is to try and imbibe the “more than human” approach to living on this planet which is intrinsic to most tribal and pre modern ways of life.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A session with the creators, Prachi Saathi & Upasana Nattoji Roy.
Prachi Saathi is an accomplished Bharatanatyam performer and has been practising this art for more than 2 decades. After her initial training with Guru Vaibhav Arekar, Prachi received further guidance under Guru Lata Raman. Presently, she is training extensively under the tutelage of her Guru Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan. Prachi is an A grade Doordarshan artist and is also empanelled with the ICCR.
She has to her credit many prestigious awards and performances at reputed venues all across the world. She has been awarded prestigious titles such as “Shringarmani”, “Nritya Shiromani”, “Girnar Ratna”, “Nalanda Nritya Nipuna” and many more. Apart from dancing, Prachi is also a well established voice artist and has dabbled in theatre, modelling, television, feature films and radio.
Upasana Nattoji Roy
Upasana Nattoji Roy is a graduate of the National Institute of Design & has explored both, the commercial as well as the artistic applications of design in motion and animation, as the founder and creative head of Switch Studio. Upasana specialises in creating nuanced narratives through techart for immersive engaging experiences. Her journey began as a need to re-contextualise the classical & folk art forms to the newer mediums without losing the essence, depth of meaning and artistry. She brings depth in her work with visual arts, animation and design with the lens of her training in Bharatanatyam and music. With more than 18 years experience, her practice has evolved over time traversing through Bollywood, Museums and Brands.