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War and peace through the eyes of a woman

Mandira Nayar

Dance, puppetry come together today in "Her Voice"

NEW DELHI: The only voice that gets drowned in the din of war finally has a chance to speak this Wednesday evening. While the epic tale of war has always been about the fight between the Pandavas and the Kauravas and the dilemma about Arjun, this is a look at the story in a slightly different way through the eyes of Draupadi.

The performance weaves together two art forms -- dance and puppetry -- in a dynamic way. Bringing together well known faces from both the worlds, Geeta Chandran and Anurupa Roy, "Her Voice'' explores the whole of violence through the eyes of a woman. Paying an unusual tribute to their old college, both Geeta and Anurupa are alumni of Delhi's Lady Shri Ram College and are putting up this collaborative performance as part of its ongoing Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The performance might begin on a mythical note that most people are aware of and then moves into the present century that has been labelled the bloodiest century for mankind. From the Indo-Pak military war in Kargil in 1990 to other conflicts, the performance aims at highlighting the futility of war.

Going beyond just bringing two different art forms together, "Her Voice'' is really about women and peace.

While the artistes believe it is a new concept in India, they hope that this performance will contribute to the discourse of the debate on war. A contemporary manifesto for sanity in an incrementally insane world, the show is an attempt by two well-known artistes to give women a voice in loud discourse on war.

The performance - supported by Airtel -- begins at India Habitat Centre on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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