From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations. Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of them all. demon-slayer, life-saver, supreme-mother, destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly awesome.
Storyteller, Emily Hennessey, and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee, take the wheel on a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous, saffron-scented marketplace in-between.
When an evil power spreads across the world, Kali’s time has come…
EMILY HENNESSEY is a playful and dynamic performance storyteller with a great love of Hindu mythology. Recent performances include the British Museum, Soho Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House, Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival and Delhi Storytelling Festival.She has travelled over 10,000 miles across India and Nepal. She has lived and worked with a yak-herding family on the Tibetan plateau, studied Kathakali dance-drama in Kerala and spent many months at the Kattaikkuttu School in Tamil Nadu, learning from the children who perform stories from the Mahabharata through music, dance and song from the age of 4.
SHEEMA MUKHERJEE absorbed North Indian classical music and the western tradition side-by-side, studying sitar and Indian classical music under the tutelage of her uncle, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and then with Ali Akbar Khan. Today she is an established sitar player and composer; a regular in Transglobal Underground; a key member in The Imagined Village project; and a forrmidable collaborator with internationally renowned artists from many genres, including Courtney Pine, Sir John Tavenor, Martin Carthy, Bobby Mcferrin, Boris Grebenshikov, Natacha Atlas, Noel Gallagher; Cornershop, Mercan Dede, the Bulgarian Folk singer Yanka Rupkina.
Event photos for Kali, by Emily H & Sheema M (tkts avail on door):
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Kali & Raktabija Story, Pandvani108 at Beyond the Border Festival 2014