RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi
From Award Winning Composer & Pianist VIJAY IYER
And Award Winning Filmmaker PRASHANT BHARGAVA
Premiering on HOLI 2013 - March 26 - UNC Chapel Hill
Radhe Radhe: Rite of Holi is a journey of devotion for the goddess Radha. Whether a playful strategy for overcoming racial difference, or a moment of interplay of gender and power, or simply the enactment of a youthful fantasy, this particular impulsive act is now the central, cathartic ritual of Holi. On that day everyone becomes Krishna and Radha; all participants throw color and get color thrown at them. A pulsing desire to unite with the goddess sends a city into a feverish state of spinning and yearning. Everyone enters a state of uninhibited, ecstatic freedom that remains hidden for the rest of the year. Temples fill with devotees, dancing without inhibition, pushing and shoving to receive blessings. Gangs of teenagers loiter on corners with buckets of colorful liquid and powder waiting to douse those who pass by. Men, high on intoxicating spirits, make a pilgrimage to Radha’s village dressed in vibrant garb from the region of Krishna’s playground and equipped with ceremonial shields; as the men boisterously taunt with sexually provocative chants, women await armed with long sticks ready to beat them. Purging fires, expressions of devoutness, and feats of austerity offer a nighttime counterpoint to the baudy daytime revels.
Presented by Carolina Performing Arts
For the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
Performed by International Contemporary Ensemble
Filmed in India in Mathura, Barsana, Nandgoan and Phalen during the festival of Holi.
Directed & Edited by Prashant Bhargava
Cinematography by Craig Marsden & Prashant Bhargava
Creative Producer - Anjali Panjabi
Featuring performances by Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Beatrice Ordeix
Assistant Director - Sujata Sharma
Creative Consultant - Matt Fagerholm
Trailer Consultant - Jon Dorsey
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