The Bhava Cycle


Created by


Shyama Iyer


The Bhava Cycle explores human emotion at its most raw and dramatic moments. Watch four characters traverse the highs and lows of feeling, one song at a time. These songs combine research into ancient Indian aesthetics (Bhava-Rasa Theory) and musical modes (Carnatic Ragas) with American musical theatre and are built with the intention of inciting emotional response in you, the viewer. Watch, listen, and experience the threads that connect you to dramatic expression in The Bhava Cycle.


Music and Lyrics

Shyama Iyer



Srirangan Iyer



Averi Allison

Piper Keusch

Miller Jay Kraps

Shyama Iyer


Premiere: April 13, 2021



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