In Sanskrit, MUKTA means liberation.
MUKTA, A Woman Liberated is a dance production that highlights a pivotal dialogue between a modern woman, or nayika, and her inner Goddess. Through original poetry, music and movement, MUKTA follows the internal journey of a nayika’s struggle to achieve her dreams while living in a patriarchal society. The performance culminates in celebrating a woman’s power to rise above all obstacles.
Mukta is inspired by my personal journey and those of 65 South Asian women I interviewed. Conversations with family members and colleagues helped me recognize that, they too had similar cultural experiences. They shared personal anecdotes on cultural barriers to pursuing their dreams. A clear message was the subconscious fear of pushing back against cultural norms that bind their spirit.
The goals of Mukta are two-fold: to help women recognize their inner strength to liberate themselves and share insight on the South Asian female experience amongst different communities through Kathak dance.
Mukta is a 60 minute dance performance segmented into six pieces with solo and ensemble choreography.