Mythili Prakash promises an incandescent evening at the beginning of this performance and delivers magical and ancestral flames, infused with storytelling and the most captivating live music accompanied on stage by five musicians in a beautiful Bharatanatyam solo.
On my arrival to the Theatre, the usher in charge confronts me with the same questions three times ‘ Sir, are you sure you are in the right venue? This is a Festival of Indian Classical Music & Dance’. Indeed, it was a fantastic concert, a cultural meeting between music and classical Indian dance with an audience dressed for the occasion, except for myself.
Mythili Prakash develops a sequence of traditional work keeping the audience on their toes. Everything seems to go according to plan, the audience feels euphoric, and the musicians transport us to a different place, perhaps a different time too. While very introspective, Mythili Prakash keeps herself present and the centre of the attention letting us into the dance through the most significant details.
Her red fingers move graciously, and so fast, one is not sure how many fingers one hand is meant to have. With elaborate and fast-paced movement, seeing a beautiful transformation from feather like flow into hot and intoxicating flames.
Mythili Prakash is very expressive, gracious and illuminates the stage with a precision rarely seen on stage this days. A trance-like performance where the body is a musical instrument keeping the tempo in the fast moving feet. Passionate, poignant and striking eyes guide the rest of the performance highlighting the integral story to this dance.
Some performances offer an aftermath where the set, music and performers come together in an amazing universe, Mythili Prakash delivers this sensation throughout the evening. Music isn’t used just to serve the dance; it’s the epitome of collaboration if we speak in contemporary dance terms, realised through Indian Classical Dance at it’s best.