The Nayika Project

The Nayika Project

Hip Hop artist Paige Hernandez and Kuchipudi dancer Chitra Kalyandurg fuse dance, theatre and spoken word to give contemporary spin to tales of resilient, relatable heroines from Indian myth. The Nayika Project features original music by Anjna Swaminathan, Rajna Swaminathan and Roopa Mahadevan.

While Nina recovers from a tough breakup, she encounters a mystical woman, Sakhi, who promises to enlighten Nina by sharing the eight stages of a woman in a relationship. Journey with Nina and Sakhi as they remix the classic Ashta Nayikas using classical Kuchipudi Indian dance, hip hop movement and spoken word.

Created by Paige Hernandez and Chitra Kalyandurg

Best for Grades 9 and Up (explores mature themes)
60 Minutes – No Intermission
Sensory Friendly or Relaxed Performances available