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Nash And Indrakali

NASH & INDRAKALI utilizes a unique combination of musicians performing Indian (ie. raga) based music together to create an exhilarating and completely original show. Nash and Indrakali aslo collaborate with other soloists from India and Internationally often incorporating instruments like the sarangi, violin, and the saxophone to add a unique element to the sound and experience for the audience.

Indra- leader of the Devas and lord of heaven or Svargaloka in Hinduism. He is the deva of rain and thunderstorms who wields a lightning thunderbolt known a vajra. The percussion instruments represent Indra which create a sense of immense power in the performance. Nash uses a mix of Indian traditional instruments as well as global sounds to create a fusion act like no other. Instruments like the Indian tabla and pakhawaj, the African-Peruvian cajon, the African djembe drum, Australian Didgeridoo, congas from Cuba and the western drum kit are all incorporated for a very authentic and International feel.

Kali- the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, or shakti, also goddess Kali is known to be a destroyer principally of evil forces. She is often portrayed as standing or dancing on her husband, the god Shiva, who lies calm and prostrate beneath her. The representation of hands and the fierceness of goddess Kali is portrayed by the dancers movements who like Kali, employ the use of 'mudras' or symbolic ritual gestures in classical as well as modern contemporary dance to convey meaning through their specific postures and movement.

The dancers led by Gaysil, are classically trained in the South Indian dance form called Bharat-Natyam, which is arguably India's most graceful and aesthetically pleasing form of dance. Gaysil herself is a trained Western ballet dancer, that is equally adept at contemporary, flamenco and jazz ballet dance forms some of which she incorporates into her performance in Indrakali.

Nash with his bansuri creates the melody which brings all of the epic art-forms together. Along with western influenced backtracks, Nash improvises his way through the performance using a selection of 'ragas' to weave a magical tapestry of rhythm and melody to evoke a concept completely original and thrilling to observe.