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An oriental theatrical experience with true spiritual and mystical flavors.
A dynamic journey through the colors, scents, and savors of India with 70 performers, 800 costumes, giant video projections, authentic scenery, dance, music, martial arts, acrobatics, tears and laughter.
Bharati, your soul belongs to where your heart takes you ...
Brace yourself to be overwhelmed by graceful, beautiful, and energetic dancers offering the sensuality and sincerity of Indian traditional and classical choreography, combined with the tempo and force of contemporary dance movements. Be ready to get carried away the beats of exotic and exquisite rhythms, played live by master instrumentalists as you listen to the voices kept for the ears of the Indian gods.
‘Bharati’ a music and dance spectacle that portrays a genuine mosaic of traditional and modern India is perhaps the most ambitious, innovative, and spectacular effort to date, to take Indian popular culture to the world. It bursts out India with exuberance, richness of content, colors, dimensions and depth never seen before, offering the audience the splendor and breathtaking diversity of this enchanting country.
But ‘Bharati’ is not just about India; it is also about every human being who is forced by circumstances to go away from his roots. You can tear a man away from his roots, but you will not be able to rip his heart away. No matter where a man physically lives, his heart belongs to his ancestry to his motherland. And for every Indian, the motherland is Mother India – Bharat.
The musical score of Bharati features a flow of original background music, and some of the greatest song hits of Indian cinema. These songs choreographed for Bharati in different styles by 7 of the film industry’s leading choreographers, serve as an anchor for the show. All songs are played and sung live on the stage.
Each musical scene represents an Indian regional tradition through the choice of rhythms, typical instruments, vocal arrangements, melodic features, choreography style, costumes, and video images, and creates a unique cultural portrait.
Furthermore, Bharati takes ingredients of the Indian popular culture and uses them as both inspiration and link to Indian traditions and heritage. It is at once a celebration of the vitality of these traditions and an invitation to sample and participate in their unique energy.
At first sight a simple homecoming love story, Bharati is likely to strike an emotional chord in all cultures. However, underneath the surface, Bharati is a depiction of a society that simmers under a flame of chaos and confusion, caught in a conflict between tradition and modernity, trying to reconcile the old ways and the winds of change.
Siddhartha, a young engineer born in India but brought up in America gets an assignment to come to Varanasi, to work on the cleaning project of the river Ganges. Though cynical and contemptuous of all things Indian, a westerner in every inch, he realizes while being in India that something is missing in his life, but what is this thing, even Siddhartha cannot figure out yet.
In Varanasi, Siddhartha meets a mysterious, dusky Indian girl an orphan who was found abandoned on the steps of Varansi by Domraja, the king of the cremation grounds. Domraja raised Bharati as a Brahmin girl, respecting her origins and tradition. Like a typical, possessive father, he distrusts all young men and considers them all rogues out to take his sweet, innocent Bharati for a ride. Bharati, proves to be as elusive as she appears to be attainable, she keeps revealing herself to Siddhartha in different characters, disappearing; enticing him, inviting him and yet, never letting him get close enough to know her fully. She is Bharati, she is India.
Siddhartha also meets the Sutradhar, a colorful character who is not only his guide, but becomes his friend, philosopher and confidante. The Sutradhar a character, based on the traditional Indian oral story teller, is the only speaking part in the show. He articulates the expressions and feeling of the other characters and communicates their emotions to the audience while the characters themselves use dance or pantomime. The Sutradhar not only participates in the story, but narrates folk tales and interacts with the audience by seeking their participation in his amusing tricks.
Bharati wears down Siddhartha’s skepticism and cynicism while he helplessly falls in love with her, and through her, with all the facets of India - old and new, traditional and modern, an India where all the centuries coexist together all the time, an India changing constantly without breaking its continuity with its past, an India enthusiastically embracing the latest the world has to offer but without losing its cherished ancient values, an India that exists in chaos and celebrates organized disorder.
Siddharth who had come to clean the Ganges of its pollution, ends up getting his own doubts and confusion about love and life cleared when Bharati introduces him to the wonder that India was, is, and will ever be.
Very often we begin to understand ourselves only after we have examined another culture in detail. Only after seeing how others live in other societies, can we examine our own culture with fresh eyes. Therefore, a journey into Indian culture is in fact a journey into ourselves.