SF GATE: ‘Broken Seeds (Still Grow)’ from Nava Dance Theatre

SF GATE: ‘Broken Seeds (Still Grow)’ from Nava Dance Theatre

“Broken Seeds (Still Grow)” harnesses the storytelling powers of the classical Indian arts of Bharatanatyam dance, miniature painting and calligraphy to examine the 1947 British partition of India. Nava Dance Theatre, under the direction of choreographer Nadhi Thekkek, joins visual artist Rupy C. Tut for the mixed-media show premiering Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Flight Deck in Oakland.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Unmuting history: in art, the long-hushed saga of the British India partition

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Unmuting history: in art, the long-hushed saga of the British India partition

Over the years, Rupy C. Tut gradually pieced together details of her grandparents’ past lives. The older the Oakland painter got, the more she asked them — of their home in what was then British India, and of what would come to drag them from it.

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE: An Artistic Collaboration Uncovers the Violent Roots of Modern India and Pakistan in Broken Seeds (Still Grow)

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE: An Artistic Collaboration Uncovers the Violent Roots of Modern India and Pakistan in Broken Seeds (Still Grow)

Split with a hammer or sharp blade the exterior of a tiny seed, the earliest origins of life are on view. A microscope allows deeper inspection of individual membranes and cells. Even so, there is mystery in the plant that grows when a seed is pushed into soil. There is magic in the flowers, fruits, and other offspring produced. Given soil, water, and sunlight, even a broken seed grows.

DANCERS GROUP: "SPEAK: Time Two"

DANCERS GROUP: "SPEAK: Time Two"

Editor’s Note: 70 years ago, the 1947 Partition of British India resulted in the formation of present day India and Pakistan, causing one of the largest displacements in recent South Asian history. Almost 15 million individuals were displaced and more than one million lost their lives coping with the tragic communal violence that occurred in the months before and during August, 1947.