For this production titled ‘Songs of the Heart – Sacred Love / Profane Love’, five singers and two instrumentalists from France, joined 13 singers and two actors from India. This Indo-French collaboration directed by Françoise Lasserre presented music by French and Italian composers illustrated by poetry from the Renaissance and Baroque eras in dialogue with jewels of Indian poetry.
Similar lyrics celebrate both mystical and profane love in the Songs of Songs from the Bible and in Les Amours de Ronsard. We also find parallels in ancient Tamil love poems or in texts by saintly women like Andal or Mira Bai. The concert celebrated these commonalities that explore different facets of love.