Why “Ash” and “Fire”? Because the symbolize the urgent needs of our times – the destruction of negative forces and the rejuvenation of positive energies.
Why Siva? Rooted in shamanic, tribal cultures, Siva is possibly the oldest living godhead in the world, representing the aspirations of countless generations of humankind.
Siva is both male and female – sovereign power with supreme compassion.
Anthropomorphic and abstract, Siva represents action and meditation.
The god of nature and the earth, human and non-human, he belongs to infinite spaces.
As supreme artist and seer, Siva reminds us that creativity is indispensable, not only to transcend the world but for sheer survival on earth.
Inspired by iconic Indian poets – Kalidasa (Sanskrit), Appar, Muthutandavar (Tamil), Akka Mahadevi (Kannada), Surdas (Hindi), Shahaji Raja (Telegu) and Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali)- Fire and Ash treats prehistoric archetype Siva as a contemporary metaphor, to make sense of the world in which we live, to find ways of empowering the individual and the community.
“JustUs Repertory's 'Fire and Ash' was a seamless blend of music, dance, poetry,visual arts and theatre.”
The Hindu, November 2014
“Any work by Gowri Ramnarayan is sure to offer meaningful discourse,dance, certainly music, and reflect a dominant impact of theatre. With a unique sense of proportion in shaping these elements into a work of art, she blends them in her personal style and leaves it to the viewer to interpret it.”
Dinamani, November 2014