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Sat, Mar 30, 2024 11:05 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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The dance drama Chitrangada is a phenomenal illustration of Tagore’s conceptualization of human emotions. The play follows the warrior-princess Chitrangada, who has been raised like a man by her father as he wanted a son. Upon an encounter with Arjuna, the greatest warrior of the time, where she is ignored and dismissed as a little boy, the masculine Chitrangada starts grieving her disconnect from femininity. A complex journey of self-transformation begins, as she goes through feminine characterizations to entice Arjuna, eventually accepting herself as who she is and revealing her true self to Arjuna. The inherent causal progression from a physical attraction for external embellishments to a profound love for inner beauty is portrayed beautifully by Tagore, who straddles the line between idealism and realism. The play explores modern views on love, gender, and self-discovery in a unique and progressive fashion, and has had a staggering influence in Bengali culture.

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Co-hosted with: Office of International Students & Scholars, Undergraduate Production, Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), Office of LGBTQ Resources at Yale University, South Asian Studies, Yale Bengali Student Association (OWNER)

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