Stree Katha – the three tragic heroines of the Ramayana
Mythili’s first acclaimed full length solo work explores the undercurrent of social expectations and implication of the female through three heroines of the Epic Ramayana.
Through nuanced characterization and a layered musical score, interspersed with narration, scriptwriter, choreographer, and solo dancer Mythili Prakash encourages us to re-look at the Ramayana heroines and consider gender roles and related social issues, implications, and expectations in both the context of the Ramayana and modern society today. By delving into her own cultural heritage and familiarity with the epic and her life experiences growing up in America, Mythili seeks out new meaning and reinterpretation of the stories through discovery and imagination, breaking new ground in the depiction of the three women of the epic- the tragic heroines, as she calls them. By creating new identities and characterization of their roles, their passions, and their struggles, Stree Katha connects and reflects on the dilemmas faced by present-day women in the globalizing cultural environment.
Stree Katha received the Creation to Performance Grant from the James Irvine Foundation in 2005. Following the 2006 premiere, it has toured the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Singapore, and India.