As part of Peterborough’s Diwali day revelries, Phizzical Productions are creating a performance and visual arts experience celebrating the stories from the Ram Lila.
Over 10 dancers and musicians will be performing in a specially designed Pushpaka Vimana, the first mention of a flying chariot in the Indian sacred scriptures. Choreographed by Subhash Viman, the performance looks at the abduction of Sita, the fight to release her and the psychology of the citizens as they anticipate the arrival of Rama, Sita and Lakshman. Their arrival leads to a breath of silence as the citizens finally glance upon the beloved trio. The rapturous celebration begins after Rama’s coronation.
A fusion of eastern and cinematic music has been arranged by Leicester based emerging composer Devesh Sodha. Live instrumentations include tabla, sitar and songs from the Veda will see a marriage of traditional forms with contemporary imagination.
The design of the Pushpaka Vimana is influenced Sita’s rings, bangles and jewellery that dropped from the sky in her attempt to leave a trail for Rama. They also represent the seven upper heavens, the seventh avatar of Mahavishnu and the seven kandas (books) that form the Ramayana.
The Pushpaka Vimana will be adorned with LED lights programmed to dance in tandem with a coterie of dancers and live musicians in a 15-minutes looping sequence.