Hindu leader decries ballet production

Throughout the years, Rajan Zed has protested against numerous productions of ‘La Bayadère’, a piece of classical ballet that is a ‘mishmash of orientalist stereotypes’.
‘La Bayadère‘ being staged at Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, 1901. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Vintage photograph of ballet production with performers standing outside of a temple setting.

US-based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed released a statement on Sunday 14 January urging the West Australian Ballet to drop La Bayadère, a 1877 work created by French choreographer Marius Petipa, on the grounds that it ‘seriously trivialises Eastern religions and other traditions’.

Zed is President of the Universal Society of Hinduism and has been vocal in the call to withdraw the ballet from the world stage, among other concerns associated with the Hindu community globally.

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