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Manasi - a journey through the mind...March 2001 - Synopsis

MANASI...was presented by Anita Ratnam and Arangham Dance Theatre on February 26, 2001 at the Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai for the Schizophrenia Research Foundation, Chennai.

After initial discussions with members of SCARF, a special focus for the fund-raiser programme was defined. MANASI... then evolved through further discussions and rehearsals.

The work highlights the abstract and challenging idea of mental health awareness. Using a blend of music, rhythm, dance and spoken dialogue, the work examines through sensitive, young Manasi's life, the stress, prejudices and dangers posed by an intolerant society. The desperate call for compassion and collective responsibility towards those who think differently - bringing all of them into the mainstream of society - makes up the final, clarion notes of MANASI... a journey through the mind. The music for the programme was specially composed by noted musician OS Arun.