Based on the life of Rabi’a a Adawiyya, an Islamic mystic who lived in 8th century Basra.Rabia’s journey is traced sometimes in her own words as written by her biographers, and sometimes, as it echoes in the poetry and songs of Meerabai, a woman saint who lived in the 16th century Marwar.
Rabia’s awesome personality combining a forbidding austerity with an all consuming passion demanded a choreographic structure able to convey the scorching power of the emotion. All the aspects of choreography and the dance seek to capture the elemental spirit of Rabi’a as performed by Bharatanatyam dancer Seema Agrawal in collaboration with theatre director Abhilash Pillai.
Seema was trained in the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam by Guru Nana Kasar. Since 1995 she has been working on her own choreography.