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Rhythm Divine

Share Rhythm Divine believes dance is a system of ideas and together with music can enrich the moral, the material and the intellectual. Astad walks the perimeter with Manipuri Pung Cholam drummers to create a universe of dance. In Rhythm Divine, Astad plays with “a seamless blend of the avant-garde with traditional movement”. The soulful sound of an operatic soprano intones profound feeling reflected in Astad’s body. Throughout the first two segments, a dedicatory quality is pervasive, offering everything to a higher realm; qualities of reverence and spirituality that are part of the Pung Cholam tradition of Manipur, North-Eastern India. The segments flow with a perceptive choreographic logic from the slow and devotional to staccato beats and martial movements. The overall feel of the work is ritualistic and meditative. Astad Deboo’s dance journey over the past four decades is remarkable …

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