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PROJECTS

In the last two decades Manjari has choreographed, directed and performed in more than 24 of her own original creative works, based on the histories and the oral narratives and explored through the language of classical dance. She brings to foreground the feminine stories through her creative projects and as a message it talks about strong women at the forefront. Some major projects are listed below

The Courtesan Project

A unique research and documentation exercise via which Manjari seeks to chronicle the historically remarkable role of the ‘tawaif’, in artistic life: as muse to poets and painters, writers and kings, musicians and leaders…

The Vrindavan Project

The story of Radha Rani, the consort with Lord Krishna and the emphasis in Hindu Vaishnav tradition of reaching the Divine through the feminine. Manjari Chaturvedi explores the Raas, the dance of Radha Rani through Kathak…

Sufi Kathak

Dance of Mystics – a unique concept by Manjari Chaturvedi. For two decades, this explores the feminine in Sufi poetry as depicted by Sufi mystics for their beloved, the Almighty. Such an aspect is solely relegated to the Sufi faith in the Indian sub‐continent…

The Jugni Project

Tracing the transgressive woman
“Jugni” in the patriarchal poetry of Punjab, India. This theatrical live musical dance production with multimedia backdrops explores the stories of Jugni through dance and live music…

The Rumi Project

“An Ode to Rumi” explores the separation of mankind with the Divine through the mere metaphor of the reed in the famous “The Reed Song”. The reed in the poem laments this loss from its original state, just like Rumi himself feels the loss of the Divine within him. The dancer too seeks the Divine through her dance…

The Qawwali Project

An initiative to archive and preserve the form of Qawwali and work towards the spiritual music associated with Su ism. The project is on the social impact as well as the syncretic traditions of the art form of Qawwali…