A tribute to the revolutionary women of the country, through dance

A multi-style production that fuses dance and theater is set to shed light on the stories of seven of India’s iconic women. Titled Warrior Women of Bharat, the hour-long show will see seven of India’s finest dancers – Prathibha Prahlad, Shovana Narayan, Anita Ratnam, Alekhya Punjala, Gopika Varma, Sharodi Saikia and Meera Das – pay homage to the invincible spirit of Rani Velu Nachiyar, Rani Chennamma, Rani Avanti Bai, Rani Lakshmi Bai, Begum Hazrat Mahal, Kanaklata Barua and Captain Lakshmi Sehgal.

“As we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, I thought depicting strong and brave women who fought against British imperialism would be a fitting tribute,” said Prahlad, who conceptualized the show. Citing how Indian women are often seen as “docile, caring and domesticated”, she adds: “Knowing the stories of these women will hopefully inspire young girls to rise above gender roles and to carve out their destiny with courage.”

Narayan will tell the story of Begum Hazrat Mahal, the second wife of the last nawab of Awadh, in a style which she says is “part dance, part drama, re-enacted with the narration of sutradhars”.

“La Begum was a very brave woman. When the British took over the reins of Awadh, she opposed it. She raised an army, took up arms and won four battles against the British, before they defeated her in the fifth,” says the Kathak artist.

What: Bharat Warriors

Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road

When: Today

Hourly: 7:15 p.m. (Registration: www.habitatworld.com/events-update/booknow.php?id=73; admission is free)

Nearest metro station : JLN Stadium on the Purple Line

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Thelma J. Longworth