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Script, Storytelling, Direction, Choreographic & Music Design
Gowri Ramnarayan
Vocals, Paintings
Savita Narasimhan
Dance, Choreography
Anjana Anand
Lighting Design
Baby Charles
Sunitta Menghanani


Amulti-genre theatre work by JustUs Repertory, Chennai, India, FIRE AND ASHtransforms an ancient myth into a contemporary metaphor. Blending dance (Bharatanatyam),Indian classical and folk music, theatreand poetry, this performance celebrates Siva as the image of primordial creativity and cosmic energy.

Six paintings (commissioned for this work) are displayed on the stage sequentially, to highlight the different segments.

Storytelling in English knits and vivifies the performance.

FIRE AND ASHwas premiered on 14 November 2014,presented byKartik Fine Arts, at the Bhavan’s Dr Preetha Reddy Auditorium, Chennai, and presented on 6 Dec 2014 by Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai.


Why “Ash” and “Fire”? Ash and fire symbolize the urgent need of our times – the destruction of negative forces, and the rejuvenation of positive energies.

Why Siva? Rooted in ancient shamanic, tribal cultures, Siva is possibly the oldest godhead who continues to be worshipped in a living tradition, representing the aspirations of countless generations of humankind.

Siva is both male and female – sovereign power with supreme compassion.

Anthropomorphic and abstract, form and formless, Siva represents both action and meditation.

The god of nature and the earth, human and nonhuman, Siva belongs to infinite spaces.
Primordial cultures saw him as the master who maintained the balance of the five elements.

As supreme artiste and seer, Siva reminds us that creativity is indispensable, not only to transcend the world, but for sheer survival on earth.


Inspired by the poems of iconic Indian poets in different Indian languages – Kalidasa (Sanskrit), Appar, Muthutandavar (Tamil), Akka Mahadevi (Kannada), Shahaji Raja (Telugu) Surdas (Hindi) and Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali),the script treats prehistoric archetype Siva as a contemporary metaphor to

— make sense of the world in which we live,
— empower the individual and the community.
— find the still point of the turning world[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]