Twin Rivers is a multidisciplinary work which explores the similarities between West African, West Indian, and Indian spirituality. Seamlessly incorporating dance, music, poetry, fashion, and visual art, this production focuses on the iconography and performance rituals associated with certain orishas in the Yoruba tradition and certain Hindu gods and goddesses.
Sāmityam, or closeness/nearness in Sanskrit, epitomizes the viṣisṭādvaita philosophy conceived and propagated by Ramanuja during the 11th century CE. This solo Bharatanatyam lecture-performance contextualizes and analyzes Ramanuja’s tremendous impact on Hindu philosophy and Indian aesthetics. The compositions chosen for this presentation also introduce other influences that shaped Ramanuja during his early years and travels throughout India.