One of the most enjoyable performances in the recent days that I have seen was the Mumbai based Sanjukta Wagh’s JHEENI, presented at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on the 6th November 2017. It was presented as a part of the India Habitat Centre’s ILF Samanvay 2017.

I remember talking to one of my friends prior to the performance and expressing my doubt, as this was the first time I was watching Sanjukta perform.

To my utter surprise, Sanjukta and her accompanists gave an outstanding performance. Jheeni was a breath-taking amalgamation of Dance, Music and Theatre depicting poems by Kabir, Janabai and Chokhamela.

It was such a treat watching Shruthi Vishwanath play with her bold and melodious voice. All of them, including Hitesh Dhutia (guitar) and Vinayak Netke (tabla) fit perfectly into the dramatic composition. The lighting by Deepa Dharmadhikari, against all odds of the Stien Auditorium, was beautiful and apt.

The only thing that bothered me was the low attendance by the Delhi audience. I am sure Jheeni was a far better performance than the random ones that we witness and flood these days.

Amongst the other dignitaries present at the performance were Mr. Sunil Kothari and Ms. Leela Venkataraman.

Here’s wishing Sanjukta all the very best and looking forward to many such performances in the coming season.

Please N.B. – I am not an artist or a technical person to comment on or judge any aspect of the performance. I do understand what all pain one takes and the courage one puts up to present such a performance and highly appreciate and respect it. Whatever I write is purely what I feel sitting in the audience.

Photographs @ Arijeet Mukherjee
Copyright @ Artist Association of India

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