“Hoping to blossom (one day) into a flower,
Every bud sits, holding its soul in its fist.”

Veiled Moon is inspired by the life and works of famed 18th century poet and courtesan Mah Laqa Bai Chanda. It blends dance, music and song in a contemporary evocation of the fertile artistic atmosphere of the Nizam’s court in Hyderabad, India.

Inspired by the Ghazals (Urdu poems) of Mah Laqa Bai Chanda, Veiled Moon presents the two lives of this courtesan (Public-Court and Private-inner chambers) as she seeks to unify and harmonize herself as a carrier of strength, power, intimacy and vulnerability.

Veiled Moon resonates the contemporary lives of women, of Islam and of the power of artistic creativity. The choreography is an amalgamation of contemporary and traditional narrative sharing a common space, and interpreting both a period culture and a contemporary one.

Using the inspiration of her poems to create the vocabulary of the dance and music, Veiled Moon is a unique blending of forms and styles in the dance, music and design that represent the re-imagined collision of 18th century creative aesthetics relevant to the 21st century sensibility.

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