The musical dance-drama, ‘Raindrop: A Quest for Love’, will highlight the 8th annual West Coast Tagore Festival on September 8, 2018. The story of the dance-musicale revolves around two parallel plots of love and nature.
In one narrative, the dance-drama presents Dhora, the protagonist, as a young woman secretively questing for love. Looking from outside, she rather seems to be a happy single, even though her Fear, the antagonist, does not allow her to follow her true emotions. In the second narrative, Dhora appears as the village soil getting dry deep inside and silently yearning for rain from Shyamal, the Dark Cloud; but her Fear does not let her welcome the changes she must undergo to embrace and enjoy the cloudburst.
The dance-drama encompasses live presentations of some iconic musical compositions by Nobel winning lyricist Rabindranath Tagore. Noted Rabindrasangeet singer Shankhanaad Mallick directed this musical.
With a slogan ‘Back to the Nature’, this year’s West Coast Tagore Festival endorses the need for continued actions to protect our mother nature, including the battle against climate change, and attempts to bring forth this awareness in an aesthetic way. Other performances in the Festival include Indian classical music, dance and multicultural poetry.
Vancouver Tagore Society, a not-for-profit organization that promotes multiculturalism, diversity, and sustainable environment through artistic endeavors, is hosting the Festival with cultural project grants from the City of Richmond and BC Arts Council.
Admission to the Festival is free and any amount of donation would be appreciated. The Festival is taking place at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond on Saturday, September 8 from 6:00 to 8:15 pm.
Photo Credits: Prajit Biswas (photos from last year’s West Coast Tagore Festival)