Film made by Canadian director Marlene Millar danced by worldly acclaimed dancer Shantala Shivalingappa. Bhairava evokes facets of Shiva, the Lord of Dance, as both the Destructor of Evil and the Guardian of Time. He is fierce and drives terrible deeds, but he is also the Divine Protector and his intention springs from pure compassion.
In this work, carried by a strong and deeply evocative musical score and by the special energy of the ancient site of Hampi, Shantala embodies the presence and energy of Bhairava. With her technical mastery and refined expressivity, she alternates between moments of precise symbolic gestures and more abstract body-language surging from the powerful persona of Bhairava, creating a vivid incarnation of the deity.