The resonance of the bells awaken us to the now. A breath and senses awakens. LIFE awakens me.

“If you listen to the sound of those bells with complete silence you would be riding on it, or rather, the sound would carry you across the valley and over the hill. The beauty of it is felt only when you and the sound are not separate, when you are part of it. There you were, denuded of everything, empty, and therefore utterly open. Meditation is this.” – J. Krishnamurti.

Bells have been a constant companion of every Indian classical dancer. They have aged with one, in a way they have resonated one’s life through the process of dance. Should these bells just be a part of a given tradition? Become a ritual and thus in a way be “dead”? Can they not be “alive” in the present?

The bells in “Echoes” become a metaphor of resonance, of freedom, of awakening.

  • Credits:
  • Danced by: Aakash Odedra
  • Choreography: Aditi Mangaldas
  • Lighting Designer: Fabiana Piccioli
  • Set and Technical Direction: Sander Loonen
  • Music Composition: Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan
  • Lyrics: Paltudas, Bheekha Sahib, Meerabai sourced by Shubha Mudgal
  • Recorded Music-
  • Voice: Shubha Mudgal
  • Sarangi: Murad Ali
  • Tabla and recitation: Mohit Gangani
  • Pakhawaj: Ashish Gangani
  • Costume: Digvijay Singh

Co-produced by Curve Theatre (Leicester), DanceXchange (Birmingham), La Comete (Chalons-en-Champagne) and Generously supported using Lottery Funds through Arts Council England.