Saayujya (The Merging) is a world premiere of an original work, created by the renowned artists T.M. Krishna & Priyadarsini Govind from India and presented by SRUTI, The India Music & Dance Society in collaboration with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Drawing from Philadelphia’s history of the spirit of freedom and independence, this new work is centered around liberation from and evolution beyond our small personal selves in order to soar to the larger collective and higher planes of meaning and existence. The performance combines the two powerful and classical art forms of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam dance, which together create a mesmerizing abstraction of the human experience, longing and flight into spiritual heights.
Priyadarsini Govind and T.M. Krishna, preeminent artists who have been transforming the shape and progression of their two classical art forms for more than a decade are now initiating a groundbreaking collaboration inspired by Philadelphia’s unique place in American history, to connect the spirits of the two great art forms.
In the words of T. M. Krishna: “Our process for the new work focuses on analogous forms of artistic exploration and sharing, on looking at form and structure not in a dry or even strictly beautiful sense, but to further critical questions about connecting true spirit of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam to contemporary culture, of going beyond the physical and personal to the non-articulated and collective. I think within this idea is embedded the spirit of improvisation, sharing, responding and respecting.”
Saayujya has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.