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'Of Bridges and Peths', a Hrishikesh Pawar Presentation at the Indo-German Urban Mela

The Deccan College Ground was transformed into ‘Tanztheater’ or the Dance Theatre, as Pune’s very own Hrishikesh Pawar and his group showcased ‘Of Bridges and Peths’, a representation of the changes in Pune, its people and their lifestyles and the effects of urbanization, at the Indo-German Urban Mela this evening.

Pune City has created a treasure of memories for all those who have chosen to live here. Known to have diverse influences on individuals, Hrishikesh's Centre of Contemporary Dance tried to interpret this diversity through their movement.

Commenting on his performance at the Indo-German Urban Mela, Hrishikesh Pawar said, “In-keeping with the theme of city spaces at the Indo-German Urban Mela, the dance piece depicted the idea of how a city shapes a human being living there.  Every city has a different significance for different individuals. What Berlin might do to someone's experience, Pune might do the exact opposite. Cities are significantly influential. Cities influence our thoughts, our ideas, our beliefs and eventually our behaviour”.

The piece opened with a famous song by Marlene Dietrich called “Ich Hab Noch Einen Koffer in Berlin” (I Still Have a Suitcase in Berlin). This depicted the changes in the life of an individual on arriving in a new city and trying to make space for themselves. With 14 of his dancers, the piece represented the diversity of Pune, beginning from its trademark ‘Peths’ through its urban spaces.

The entire performance ran in the Tanztheater format, evolved out of the expressionist movement of Germany. It was interspersed with visuals, music, prose and poetry in German and Marathi, exploring and showcasing the various characteristics of the vibrant city of Pune – its culture, people, their unapologetic attitudes and its growth from a town to a recognized and modern city space.

Hrishikesh's Centre of Contemporary Dance will also hold workshops at the Indo-German Urban Mela, Pune on January 17 titled ‘Creative Movement for Children’ and on January 18 titled ‘Contemporary Dance Theatre for Adults’, between 2:30pm-4:30pm at the Cultural Pavilion.

About the artist: 

Hrishikesh is the artistic director of the Centre of Contemporary Dance. He studied contemporary dance at Palucca Schule Hochschule fuer Tanz, Dresden, Germany. This exposure helped him create his teaching methodology and, he began presenting solo performances of his work in the 2000s. He has been constantly working to create platform for contemporary dance theatre in India.