01 October, 2020

Rukmini Chatterjee

The Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer on her experiments with black metal music

Rukmini Chatterjee

Tell us about your ongoing ICCR dance concert, Questionings, which you are taking across the country.

It’s the coming together of Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Norwegian black metal music. The theme is Kalyug, with a play of dark energies— a time when energies are not in balance.

Indian classical dance and black metal music—an extremely unusual combination.

For me, black metal represents the energy of Kalyug—a fragile, material age. Even so, both Bharatanatyam and black metal have black and white sides to them.

So the two don’t clash?

The music comes out like a thunderbolt; to match that, I kept the Bharatanatyam active.

Your last concert, Meetings, was gentler, bringing together ballet with Indian music.

It was less impressive.

You shy away from the word ‘fusion’.

Yes, for me these concerts are ‘meetings’, when each art retains its original form.




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