Deeply inspired by the cross-cultural linkages, both in
the European renais-
sance and in
the Mughal emperor Akbar’s court (where the
Navratnas admired and learnt from each other) Geeta too has attempted to expand the
vocabulary of Bharatanatyam by boldly entering into artistic collaborations with
a wide array of artists working in different genres and mediums. Poets, authors,
musicians, dancers, theatre artists, painters, sculptors, technicians
designers have all embraced the hand she extended for creative collaborations
This journey has led to several new creative endeavours. Some
significant ones are:
:: Unique collaboration with puppeteer Anuroopa Roy and her
Kat Katha Puppet Company which culminated in the creation of “HER VOICE”, a
dance-puppet presentation based on the Mahabharata and focusing on the theme of
“Women and War”.
:: Special choreographies in classical Bharatanatyam were
inspired through Geeta’s interactions with artist-friends like Shuvaprasanna,
Arpana Caur, Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman, Naresh Kapuria and Arjuna. These
dance creations were performed against the backdrop of their paintings. In
“MYTHOGIES RETOLD”, the choreography was inspired by the archival painting
collection of the Rasaja Foundation. In “IMAGINING PEACE”,
photographer/film-maker Vandana Kohli created a film that was integral to the
:: Photography too has deeply interested Geeta and she has been the
subject for the creative eye of: Avinash Pascricha, Amarjeet, Baldev Kapoor,
Kiron Pasricha, Robyn Beeche, Briana Blasko, Bandeep Singh, Ravi Pasricha,
Vandana Kohli, Hari Nair, Arjuna and several others.
:: Geeta has also
participated in inter-classical dance collaborations. In “JAI BHARATI”, she
worked with Guru Singhajit Singh, Guru Charu Sija Mathur, Bharati Shivaji,
Jayarama Rao and Vanashri Rao, Madhavi Mudgal and Shovana Narayan. In
“SANKRITI”, Geeta’s Bharatanatyam choreography dialogued with Odissi, Kathakali,
Manipuri and Kathak.
:: Different genres of music have ignited Geeta’s dance
creativity. Among them, Haveli Sangeet, Dhrupad, Gazal and even Western
Classical Music (her choreography to Tchaikovsky’s score is considered a
milestone in Bharatanatyam).
:: In theatre, her creative explorations with Rashid
Ansari led to the path-breaking “KAIKEYI”, a solo theatre exposition of the
Ramayana character whose psychology was unveiled through Geeta’s dance,
movement, vocal singing, narration and abhinaya/acting. In MYTHOLOGIES RETOLD,
actress/dancer Rashmi Vaidialingam was a creative collaborator.
:: Geeta’s dance
has meandered with the poetry and writings of Dr. Chandra Rajan, Lakshmi Kannan,
Ashok Vajpeyi, Ashok Chakradhar and Asha Bage.
:: With musicians, Geeta has
collaborated with Shubha Mudgal, O.S. Arun, Akhila Krishnan, Aruna Sairam,
Vasanti Krishna Rao, Sudha Raghuraman, Nirmalya Dey, Pandit Chandraprakash, K.
Venkateshwaran, Saskia deHaas Rao and several others.
:: In costume design and
aesthetics, Geeta has worked with handloom visualizer Shashiv Chandran and
costume designer Sandhya Raman.