SAMARPAN – SAGA OF INDIAN FREEDOM MOVEMENT
The Indian community of St. Louis joins hands in celebrating 75 years of India’s Independence.
“Samarpan” is an artistic rendition of the Indian freedom struggle against British colonial rule. This dance-drama has been conceptualized, written, and directed by American performing artist – Guru Prasanna Kasthuri, the Artistic Director of Soorya Performing Arts, in St. Louis. This production is unique because it focuses on the reason, effects, and solution to the Colonial aggression on Indian soil. It depicts events beginning from the 16th century, marking the arrival of the East India Company, weaving its way through the resistances in North-South, East-West, every part of India, culminating with the events that led to freedom in 1947. It reminds us of the not-to-be forgotten sacrifices of the brave men and women who fought valiantly to get India out of the shackles of British rule. This is a glimpse into history like never before!
A reminder for our generation and an eye-opener for our kids. Historical events showcased in Samarpan will be depicted in five languages (Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Bengali) by more than 120 artists from India, USA and Canada. This is a mega dance-drama series, one of a kind in St. Louis, to honor the freedom fighters and to highlight this struggle with the entire St. Louis community and beyond. This event is a beautiful example of how the Indian community is coming together to show their gratitude for this hard-earned, long freedom struggle, and to never forget those who laid their lives for us.
Jo shaheed hue hai unkee zara yaad karo kurbani
जो शहीद हुए है उनकी ज़रा याद करो खुर्बानी
CURATED BY SOORYA PERFORMING ARTS, A 501-C-3 NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO PERFORMING ARTS SUCH AS CLASSICAL DANCE, MUSIC AND THEATER FROM INDIA.