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A researcher of Natyashastra, Kalamandalam Piyal Bhattacharya, for the last 15 years has been working on the practical reconstruction of Bharata’s dance and music tradition of Natyashastraic period. The musical instruments used for this performance have been researched and are reconstructed ancient instruments such as a form of mridanga, dardur, kacchapi veena, alinga. After the instruments were recreated, the music by means of them was composed. Similarly, the costumes and ornaments worn have been researched on and reconstructed to be used for the performance. With a live ensemble consisting of reconstructed musical instruments from the magnum opus of Bharatamuni the Natyashashtra, compiled between 1st century BCE-3rd Century BCE, this performance has been conceptualized after two decades of research by Kalamandalam Piyal. He has been presenting a range of spectacular shows woven around the ancient forms of music, dance and drama as mentioned in Natya Shastra.

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