|Date:||Friday, September 20, 2002|
|Saturday, September 21, 2002|
|Venue:||Little Kresge Auditorium, MIT|
|Tickets:|| $5 MIT, $7 Non-MIT
To reserve tickets, please email natya-tix[at]mit[dot]edu
Natyanjali, which literally means "an offering of dance," is our annual program devoted to showcasing the variety and beauty of traditional classical Indian dance. This year's event features dances by MIT students and affiliates in Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak styles.
The dancers begin the program by offering prayers to Nataraja, the Lord of Dance; Vinayaka, the Remover of Obstacles, Saraswathi, the Goddess of Learning and Mahalakshmi, the Goddess of Prosperity.
This piece presents an excerpt from the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Sita's father, King Janaka, has proclaimed that he who lifts the mighty bow of Shiva will win his daughter's hand in marriage. Many kings arrogantly approach the great bow in hopes of winning the lovely Sita yet are unable to do so and leave the hall in shame. The great demon-king Ravana attempts to wield the bow, and even he is humbled by its strength. Finally, the noble Rama comes forth, and with the blessings of the gods and his guru, he lifts the bow with ease. As he bends down to string the bow, it breaks with a sound that echoes in the three worlds. Sita is overjoyed, and the two are wed with pomp and splendor.
Invocation Composed by Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman
Lyrics from Tulsidas' "Ram Charita Manas"
Choreography: Smt. Mythili Kumar
An invocational piece depicting the Hindu personal form of worship known as puja. The dancer consecrates the stage using hand gestures (mudras ) to show the offering of water, flowers, incense, and garland, with bell and oil lamp. Sandalwood paste is placed on the forehead of the deity to symbolically awaken the inner or third eye. Respectful acknowledgment is given to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, who represent the cyclic process of Creation, Preservation, Dissolution/Re-creation. This item ends with a chakradhar featuring Kathak spins.
This piece invokes Devi as the protector of mankind.She is the one who saves Kama, the God of love, from Shiva's anger. She is the bejeweled one, the omniscient one, the consort of Shiva.
Ragam : Ranjani
Talam : Adi
A varnam, meaning "color," alternates the pure dance steps and expressions intrinsic to Bharatha Natyam. The expressive verses in this varnam describe the dancer's devotion to Lord Nataraja, the God of Dance.
Ragam : Nattakuranji
An abridged version of choreography by Smt. Jothi Raghavan
This song, a composition of the famous poet Sri Devulapalli Krishna Sastry, is an excerpt from the ballet Vipranarayana Charitram. This is a devotional song which offers praise to Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam. Here the dancers describe the beautiful form of Sri Ranganatha as he reclines in the Srirangam temple. They wonder if even a thousand eyes are sufficient to admire the beauty of the Lord and His enchanting consort Sri Lakshmi. The devotees then seek the blessings of the Lord.
Ragam : Ramapriya, Mohanam
Talam : Adi
In this dance, a woman expresses wonder at her friend's enraptured dancing and drumming. This Kannada composition, by D.V. Gundappa is inspired by an ancient temple sculpture in Beluru, of a dancer holding a drum over her head.
Ragam : Attana
Talam : Adi
Composer : D V Gundappa
Choreography : Aparna Sindhoor
Tarana creates the atmosphere of an Indian court, where everyone loves to experience the rhythms and graceful movements.
Choreography : Pandit Birju Maharaj
Performed in the South Indian classical dance style of Bharatha Natyam, the thillana is a vivacious and energetic piece filled with intricate footwork and sweeping hand gestures which bring out the internal beauty and joy of the dance. The dancers' distinct poses resemble the scuptures carved on the temples of India while the complicated steps mimic the sounds of the mridangam, the South Indian percussion instrument.
Ragam : Tilang
Talam : Adi
Composer : Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman
Choreography: Rasika Kumar
The mangalam, the concluding piece in a South Indian dance recital, is performed in a spirit of gratitude for the welfare and prosperity of the world.
Ragam: Sourashtram, Madhyamavati
|Co-Presidents||:||Radha Kalluri, Alpana Waghmare|
|Executive Board||:||Prahladh Harsha, Rasika Kumar, Sumati Ram-Mohan|
|Masters of Ceremonies||:||Avantika Modi, Pallabi Sanyal|
|Sound||:||Chandran Seshagiri and MIT Audio Visual|
|Stage Manager||:||Pooja Shyam Pathak|
|Funding||:||Sumati Ram-Mohan, Sangita Shrestova|
|Publicity||:||Prahladh Harsha, Radha Kalluri, Sumati Ram-Mohan|
|Logistics||:||Radha Kalluri, Alpana Waghmare|
|Photography||:||Holden Cheng, Ryuji Suzuki|
|Videography||:||Andrew Sempere, Arnan Roger Sipitakiat|
|Decorations||:||Rasika Kumar, Aditi Garg, Sheila Krishna, Prachi Jain|