Devdas and Chokher Bali
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Devdas and Chokher Bali NYC Reviews and Tickets

(18 Reviews)
Members say
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

About the Show

Hypokrit presents a pair of reimagined Indian classics: ancient love story 'Devdas,' and 'Chokher Bali,' an examination of the lives of widows in 20th-century Calcutta.

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Member Reviews (18)

Ambitious, Great dancing, Slow, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you have never seen Indian dance. Both companies have talented performers.

Don't see it if you need to understand what is happening as opposed to enjoying the performance. They assume audiences know the stories they are presenting.

Disappointing, Good concept

See it if you have a strong connection to Indian cultures and want to see family dynamics played out. Good concept but poor execution.

Don't see it if you expect professional actors, singers, dancers, staging, character development. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

November 23rd, 2016

"A creative weaving of a traditional story with modern music that truly succeeds in showing that tradition does not have an expiration date. 'Choker Bali' takes on the daring task of bringing traditional Indian customs together with modern culture and female sexuality, through the medium of Greek tragedy...Each character gets a spectacular solo moment of vulnerability that shows the deep pain common to all members of this love triangle, giving new life to this popular story line."
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November 22nd, 2016

"'Devdas' tells a story of heartbreak and triumph through the medium of contemporary ballet while celebrating Indian culture...Though the ensemble pieces are mesmerizing, Badghi and Madiraju’s chemistry shines through it all...'Devdas' does an excellent job of blending classic tradition with a familiar reality-show format, which not only gives the female characters a larger role in the story, but also succeeds in keeping modern audiences invested."
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November 13th, 2016

"'Devdas': The director, Arpita Mukherjee, did a nice job telling the story...The choreographer, Swarali Karulkar, undoubtedly has a vast knowledge of dance, but the dancers were not as skilled in making her movements come to life...'Chokher Bali': There were too many actors with nothing to do on stage...There was not enough weight given to any choice made by the actors, nothing surprised their character."
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