Son of the Wind

With its technical brilliance, emotional power, and reverent yet creative reinterpretation of sacred epic,
‘Son of the Wind,’...was world-class transnational dance theater that celebrated Indian performance traditions even as
it innovated within them and challenged cultural stereotypes.

Show Information

Concept and choreography: Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas, Rina Mehta
Original score: Jayanta Banerjee
Lighting design: Dave Robertson
100 minutes, 18 dancers, 6 musicians 

I was struck both by the production’s sophisticated conception...and by the professionalism of its execution by an all-female cast... Given that traditional lila performances of epic stories in India generally feature exclusively male casting, even in female roles, the gender reversal here was striking, especially given the predominant martial mood (vīra rasa) of most of the episodes—though the dancing was so powerful and effective, the costuming and makeup so beguiling, that I forgot about gender during the show.

Presenters & Funders

2018
National Endowment for the Arts
Chhandam School of Kathak, San Francisco

2017
The Green Music Center, Sonoma (World Premiere)
 

About Son of the wind

This tour-de-force kathak dance drama brings to life the hidden hero at the heart of the great Indian epic, Ramayana.  Hanuman, son of the celestial female spirit, Anjana and Vayu, the mighty wind god, proves to be an integral force behind the rescuing of the kidnapped princess Sita, through his mischievous ingenuity and indomitable vigor.  It is Hanuman’s actions that leads to the victory of Ram, King of Ayodha, over the arrogant and powerful King of Lanka, Ravan.

Told through dramatic storytelling, powerful movement, and exquisite costume design and lighting, this production exposes the contemporary relevance of a timeless story while capturing the hearts of all. 


Ahana Mukherjee
Poonam Narkar
Navneet Bal
Neeraja Yadwadkar
Joya Kazi
Pranali Dhole
Nilima Dave
Sonali Toppur
Dr. Rumi DasGupta

Cast:
Seibi Lee
Rachna Nivas
Rina Mehta
Sarah Morelli
Shefali Jain
Seema Mehta
Joanna Meinl
Cimeron Ahluwalia
Ria DasGupta
 

Musical Cast:
Jayanta Banerjee, Sitar and Composer
Ben Kunin, Sarod
Vaibhav Mankad, Harmonium and Vocals
Satyaprakash Mishra, Tabla
 

Booking Information:
Anita Ranjani
Bookings Coordinator
anita@leela.dance