BWW Previews: CHITRANGADA at Act Theatre, Seattle

While in our modern day lives we think about feminism in redefined progressive formats and constantly gauge how little the distance now it is to finally break that glass ceiling, interestingly often the real examples of feminist heroics comes from the pages of history books.

Coming this weekend, lovers of performing arts in Seattle can book themselves for an evening to catch a dance show celebrating a tale of extraordinary prowess displayed by a warrior princess in ancient India. Pratidhwani, a Seattle based non-profit organization is bringing their flagship dance show, Chitrangada in partnership with ACTLab.

The event, in an engaging dance form format will tell the inspiring story of a lady named Chitrangada, who appears in the world's longest epic poem Mahabharata. Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore in a dance drama format retold the story back in 1897. The composition variously regarded as his finest, is a compelling saga of a woman and her quest for love and beauty. Her many aspects of self worth and righteousness are as relevant in the world today as were centuries ago. The show that is artistically directed by Moumita Bhattacharya had received a heartfelt response from the audience when it was also staged back in 2010.

According to the director the story powerfully busts the gender stereotypes and is a shining example of women and their iron will no matter what age they lived in.

Chitrangada will be performed in The Allen Theatre at ACT, 700 Union Street, in downtown Seattle. The production opens on April 28, 2017 and runs through May 20, 2017. For tickets and more information, call 206-292-7676 or visit For more information about Pratidhwani, visit


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