The Adventures of Mowjli
Choreographers V P Dhananjayan and Pratap Pawar, who created the Kathak movement, felt that it offered new and exciting possibilities for a dance style more often used to express the exploits of gods and heroes. The choreography blended North and South Indian styles of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathakali and was a significant move in the development of traditional South Asian dance into a contemporary context. Its cast included Shobana Jayasingh and one of the Academy’s own pupils, ten-year-old Akram Khan, as Mowgli.
The costume and props are now a part of Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection, as donated by Akademi.
Choreography: VP Dhananjayan and Pratap Pawar
Concept: John Chapman
Costume: Shanta Dhananjayan
VP Dhananjayan, Pratap Pawar, Pushkala Gopal, Priya Pawar, Unni Krishnan, Jayashri Naidoo, Shobana Jeyasingh and Akram Khan.
Arts Council England
Images: Alan Dilly