Nāgānanda – Third Day of the Lenaia 2022

In the classical work Nāgānanda supposedly written by emperor Harṣavardhana, the conventional story of a love encounter between a king and a princess brings us to the Malaya Mountains where princess Malayavatī is musically worshipping her goddess Gaurī. We learn that the goddess visited her in her dreams to tell her she would marry the … Continue reading Nāgānanda – Third Day of the Lenaia 2022

Holi – 5th Day of Urban Dionysia

The Διονύσια τὰ ἀστικά ‘Urban Dionysia’, are the last Dionysian celebrations of the Hellenic lunar calendar. They close the yearly events in boreal spring - austral fall - with other rituals, dances and performances. Each day of the Dionysia, I introduce, with only one sentence, a piece of performance art from anyone in the world, … Continue reading Holi – 5th Day of Urban Dionysia

Shakuntalā – 2nd Day of Lenaia 2021

Since the Mahābhārata epic, Shakuntalā is famous as the girl who married king Dushyanta. In Kālidāsa’s work, she is an abandoned girl who encounters the king during his hunt. After they marry, king Dushyanta gives Shakuntalā a ring as a proof of their wedding when she will join him in the capital. Unfortunately, a curse … Continue reading Shakuntalā – 2nd Day of Lenaia 2021


Released in 1960 and directed by K. Asif, the Indian movie called Mughal-e-Azam, is a tale made after the scenario created by Imtiaz Ali Taj about the legend of Anarkali. Dreamy version of India’s Moghul Empire’s history, Anarkali could have been a court dancer which Prince Salim, son of the famous Emperor Akbar, was supposed … Continue reading Mughal-e-Azam