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 all. Demon-slayer, Life-saver, Supreme-Mother, Destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly Awesome.
When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali’s time has come…
Join storyteller, Emily Hennessey and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee, for a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous saffron-scented marketplace inbetween.
★★★★ ‘exhilarating, evocative, vital… a wonderful piece of theatre – pure in its ideas and retelling a fantastic story vital for both Hindu and modern culture… Mukherjee… provides a live score which goes well beyond a mere accompaniment’
★★★★★ ‘an outstanding performance storyteller’
★★★★ ‘engrossing, entertaining, and ultimately inspiring exploration of feminine power’
★★★★ ‘extraordinary tales for a transfixed audience’
British Theatre Guide
★★★★ ‘Emily Hennessey is such a mesmerising storyteller. I couldn’t take my eyes off her!’
KALI is suitable for adults (or 14yrs+)
Running time: 55mins + 45mins
Sheema Mukherjee is an internationally renowned sitar player and composer best known for her work with Transglobal Underground and The Imagined Village. Her work was featured during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Sheema absorbed North Indian classical music and the western tradition side-by-side, studying sitar and Indian classical music under the tutelage of her uncle, the Late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and then with the Late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Brought up between Britain and India, she has a rich background to draw on in her own compositions and collaborations. www.mukherjee.co.uk
This little film shares some of the inspiration for KALI, and shows Sheema and Emily in the early stages of rehearsals.
The footage from India is of ‘Baithak ni Bhavai’ – Shri Nayak Baldevbhai D. and his troupe from Kalol, Gujarat, filmed at the Kathakar International Storytellers Festival in Delhi, 2015.