Son of the Wind
A dance ballad based on India’s ancient epic, the Ramayana
Artistic Direction: Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas, and Rina Mehta
“The Artistic Directors of Leela Dance Collective have chosen an ambitious mission,
to honor ancient traditions and bring them forward, made relevant to the present.
There is no question that they are successful.”
— Mary Pat Cooney, LA Dance Chronicle
About Son of the Wind
This tour-de-force kathak dance drama brings to life the hidden hero at the heart of the great Indian epic, Ramayana. Hanuman, son of the celestial female spirit, Anjana and Vayu, the mighty wind god, proves to be an integral force behind the rescuing of the kidnapped princess Sita, through his mischievous ingenuity and indomitable vigor. It is Hanuman’s actions that leads to the victory of Ram, King of Ayodha, over the arrogant and powerful King of Lanka, Ravan.
Told through dramatic storytelling, powerful movement, and exquisite costume design and lighting, this production exposes the contemporary relevance of a timeless story while capturing the hearts of all.
Sitar & Composer: Jayanta Banerjee
National Endowment for the Arts
What Audiences Are Saying
“With its technical brilliance, emotional power, and reverent yet creative reinterpretation of sacred epic, ‘Son of the Wind,’…was world-class transnational dance theater that celebrated Indian performance traditions even as it innovated within them and challenged cultural stereotypes.”
— Dr. Philip Lutgendorf, author of Hanuman’s Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey
“Featuring a cast of all female kathak dancers, “Son of the Wind” is a powerful force, as it turns history on its head by presenting a full cast of women playing both male and female roles, adding another dimension to women’s capabilities as defenders and warriors, bringing a contemporary spin to India’s ancient epic the Ramayana.”
— Valerie-Jean Miller, Broadway World Los Angeles
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