A play on the five elements, the panchamahabhoothas, as they dissolve from one to another, earth to water, to fire, to air, to ether, in the worship of Shiva. Seed syllables employed in tantric rituals for consecrating the body are offset by a contemporary soundtrack, which mixes traditional instruments and voice with synthesised sounds.
The performance was specially commissioned by the Asian Heritage Foundation, and extends the physical skills of 11 traditional dancers into chiseled odissi and yoga, presenting the message of the body being a temple, and the soul within, a spark from the Divine Fire.
Choreography: Rekha Tandon
Music: Michael Weston
Duration: 15 minutes