The Troth | ‘A swan song’, Mira Kaushik talks to Arts Industry
“Akademi is concerned with the development of the art and the use of the art form – so we take an overview of the performing art tradition and take it into the society to make it relevant … This is a very important piece for me, a story generations of Indians have grown up with, maybe the greatest love story in Indian history, but it was not being picked up at this important time. We’re removing boundaries, using contemporary dance to tell a traditional Indian story in what is, first and last, a British work of art.”
Read: An Indian love story as part of British culture in Arts Industry
Inspired by a 1915 short story Usne Kaha Tha by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, it tells the story of Sardar Lehna Singh’s sacrifice of keeping his secret promise to an unrequited love while mid-conflict in the horror of the trenches of Belgium.