The Republic of India celebrates its 75th year of Independence through Amrutha Mahotsava, the joy of freedom of nectar.
Many generations of Indians faced intolerance, cruelty, colonial subjugation, and injustice. They sacrificed their lives to have our freedom. This reminds us - “Freedom is not free. It’s a responsibility”
Samarpan is a historical dance-drama that represents the freedom struggle against the British colonization of India. The production showcases events dating back to the 16th century leading to the arrival of the East India British Company for trading, followed by the annexation of the Indian subcontinent through shrewd politics, death of millions due to greedy administration practices, slaving of an entire civilization, revolts by people, violence-nonviolence movements, the era of Gandhi and culminating with India's Independence in 1947. This performance provides an artistic overview of the slavery of the Indian population under terrifying British rule, which shifted unimaginable wealth from India to the United Kingdom. This production brings out the non-violence concept of Gandhiji into the limelight. Also, it focuses on external forces which forced the British to leave the country.
This dance production sheds light on the freedom of human beings.
Samarpan is a unique production that showcases the story of 1.5 billion people.
This is produced by the not-for-profit organization - Soorya Performing Arts. Concept by Prasanna Kasthuri. Enacted by professional dancers such as Sanjib Bhattacharya (India), Kiran Rajagopal (New York), Vikram Ghosh (Chennai), Bianca Radhakrishna (India), Hema Sharma (Florida), Aswini Krishnamurti (Los Angeles), Deva Priya (Bentonville), with Saint Louis artists such as Samanvita Kasthuri, Dr. Divya Sivakumar, Debsita Roy, Suparba Panda, Nivedita Prabhu, and others. This theatrical production has more than 80 artists performing in different roles. This event is supported by local Indian communities such as the Telugu Association of Saint Louis, Missouri Tamil Sangham, Sangama Kannada Association, Punascha Bengali Association, and St. Louis Gujarati Associations.
Guru Pulikeshi Kasthuri (India) will be an honorary guest for this event.