|Date:||Thursday, October 2, 2003|
|Friday, October 3, 2003|
|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.
Pushpanjali literally means "an offering of flowers." In this Pushpanjali, the dancer seeks the blessings of Lord Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles, as an auspicious beginning of tonight's performance.
Ragam : Sri Ranjani
Talam : Adi
Guru Vandana is an invocational dance expressing love and respect for teachers. The dance conveys the meaning of the lyrics: " To Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe; to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe; to Lord Shiva, the destroyer of all evil; and to the teachers who teach the ultimate knowledge, I bow to you."
Natesha Kauthuvam is a fast-paced dance in praise of Natesha, also known as Nataraja, the god of dance. Jathiswaram is composed entirely of pure dance movements, or nritta.
In the epic Mahabharatha, the wicked Kaurava princes wreak vengeance on the Pandavas. After Yudhistra wages Draupadi, his wife, and loses her in a game of dice, she is dragged to the court and is insulted by the Kauravas. As Duryodhana taunts her by inviting her to sit on his lap and Dushasana gleefully attempts to disrobe her, Draupadi appeals to Lord Krishna for her protection. Lord Krishna showers his compassion on her and causes her robe to become endless. Then, the mighty Pandava prince Bhima swears a terrible oath of vengeance against the Kauravas. Draupadi, too, quivering with rage, takes a terrible oath: "With Goddess Shakti as witness, in the confluence of Duryodhana's and Dushasana's blood, will I soak my tresses. Until then, they will remain unbraided."
Lyrics: Subramania Bharati
Music: Prema Ramamoorthy
Choreography: Mythili Kumar
This piece praises Lord Shiva, the God of Dance. He is the one with the river Ganga flowing through his matted locks. He is the compassionate one who is an ocean of mercy. He removes all of our materialistic thoughts. He is the great one who personifies the five elements: fire, water, air, earth, and ether. He is the one who brings happiness and strikes awe in all of his devotees - he who cannot be destroyed. He dances to said syllables and is worshipped by all sages. He rules from the eight corners of the world. He is the lord of the sabha, or earth, as well as the universe.
Ragam : Revathi
Talam : Adi
Choreography: Smt. Vidya Subramaniam
The poet Purandaradasa tells of how mother Yashoda plays with baby Krishna, even though he is the lord of the universe. One day, Krishna steals his mother's butter, but when Yashoda admonishes him to open his mouth and show her the butter, he instead reveals the entire universe. On another occasion, Krishna playfully steals the clothes of the gopis, but when they implore him to return them, he blesses them as the mighty Jagodharana. It is with great bhakti, or devotion, and love that Purandaradasa writes these verses, and it is these emotions that the dancers hope to convey
Ragam : kapi
Talam : Adi
Composer : Purandaradasa
Taken from choreography by Smt. Asha Gopal
In this song, the artiste describes the dasavataram (ten incarnations) assumed by God Vishnu to protect dharma and destroy evil. The ten avataras; Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (half-man; half-beast), Vamana (dwarf), Parasurama (the axe-wielder), Rama (the most noble of men), Balarama (the plow-wielder), Buddha (the compassionate one), and Kalki (the final destroyer); are a symbolic representation of the evolution of man. This is a vigorous and exhilarating dance with many sculpturesque poses.
Ragam : Mohanam
Talam : Misrachapu
Choreography : Vempati Chinna Satyam
The thillana is a traditional conclusion to a Bharatha Natyam program.
Director : 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
|Masters of Ceremonies||:||Punita Bhansali, Pooja Pathak|
|Funding||:||Rasika Kumar, Sheila Krishna|
|Web Page||:||Prahladh Harsha|
Special thanks to Anindita Basu, Haritha Bandla, and Alpana Waghmare.