Reviews - Fringe 2016

Fringe 2016 Review: Ananta

By Liz Enriquez
Published July 21, 2016

At the Hamilton Theatre Inc., the stage is dim and empty. One stool and a small music stand were the only props. Shortly after the room goes dark, Ananta emerges from the wings and the audience learns that the show and the artist share the name Ananta.

Ananta does not shy away from being unique and eclectic. He brings a fusion of comedy, eastern philosophy, musical melodies, and winding stories in the form of tongue twisters.

As a solo performer, Ananta brings enough energy to keep the crowd engaged. He strums his banjo and in two poems, he asks for crowd participation including a group OM.

He starts and ends the show with Namaste, respectfully meaning "I bow to the divine in you," and the entire show is sprinkled with stories of philosophy and spirituality.

The show was a bit odd and fast-paced, though humorous at parts. It uses music, poems, puns and one-liners to touch on religions, spirituality and self-reflection. Overall, depending on the person, this show could be interpreted as comedic or serious. For me, it was so out-there, it was comedic.

Liz is an adventurer, researcher and social media maven. When she isn't researching Hamilton's labour market and working to promote women in skilled trades, she's hiking on the beautiful trails the city has to offer. Liz loves Hamilton and recognizes the businesses and citizens of the city on social media under Shoutouts Hamilton. [Twitter](]( Instagram. LinkedIn.


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