Nidhi Sethi | Oct 7, 2014, 12.00AM IST
One of the monks plays a didgeridoo-like instrument, one of many they traditionally use in prayer
Kathak exponent Shovana Narayan teamed up with the Grammy Award-winning Buddhist monks of the Palpung Sherab Ling Monastic Seat for a recent dance and music production that left the audience awed.
The production spoke of the quest and fears of individuals, through the life and experiences of Emperor Ashoka, without using any words, purely through music and emotions. “The monks and I worked on the music and the theme, and incorporated episodes from Emperor Ashoka’s life – how he came to the ultimate realization that ego is the ultimate destroyer and how we have to let go of our ego to attain ananda and reach a state of harmony,” said Narayan.
Naresh Kapuria, the artistic director of the production, who created the set for the evening at Kamani Auditorium, said, “If you believe in something, everything falls in place. You just have to have the right intentions.”