Chitra, The Warrior Princess


May 8, 2015, Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto

Singer in EnActe's Chitra Dance Drama

From Chitra's website (link)...

In honor of his birth anniversary, EnActe honors Poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a new re-imagining of his acclaimed work Chitra, based on an episode in the Mahabharata.

Theatre meets dance as Director Ranjita Chakravarty draws from Tagore's 1895 one-act Chitra and his 1936 dance-drama Chitrangada to create the spell-binding tale of Chitra, Princess of Manipur. Born to a King promised only male heirs and raised as a male warrior, a chance meeting with Arjuna the legendary Pandava warrior invokes passion in her heart and makes her question her status in life. Witness the twists and turns in her courtship of Arjuna in this lyrical and magical English language performance that stays true to the heart of Tagore's poetry and music.



Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


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