Raas Leela

Virtual reality experience / 360° video, 2017


This creation explores a theme from the Hindu mythology evoking the power of identification and mental projection. Krishna, the seductive god who leads the dance, personally leads each of the dancers who take part in the round, forming a fantasized couple with each of them. The romantic relationship, in all its connotations, is used here as a metaphor for the human aspiration to merge with the divine.

This choreography, captured in 360° video and intended to be viewed in a virtual reality headset, places the spectator at the center of the round. It invites them to project their gaze on the dancer of their choice, thus allowing them, in a way, to lead the dance as they please.


  • Concept: Avishai Leger-Tanger
  • Choreography: Saswat Joshi
  • Dancers: Saswat Joshi, Mahina Khanum and the Lasyakala team
  • Location: Mukteshwar temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (India)

Avishai Leger-Tanger is a digital artist whose work is inspired by the classical arts of India. His creations in collaboration with the renowned Indian classical Odissi dancer Mahina Khanum made the headlines in India and beyond.