|Date:||Saturday, September 18, 2004|
|Sunday, September 19, 2004|
|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, Kathak, and Manipuri styles.
TheTodaya Mangalam is an invocatory dance piece which combines descriptive prayer (abhinaya) and pure dance set to drum syllables(nritta). This piece in praise of the God Vishnu and his earthly incarnations begins with a description of Rama in KhandaChapu (5 beat rhythmic cylce). The second stanza set in tala Misra Chapu(7 beat cycle) describes the glory of Lord Venkateshwara. The third and fourth stanzas, each set to Adi tala (8 beat cycle), describe Krishna.
Ragam : Ragamalika
Talam : Talamalika
Choreography: Gayathri Srinivasan
"Goddess Lakshmi dances like a sprinkling of fresh blossoms, so graceful and alluring." This is a tribute to the beautiful Goddess Lakshmi, who dances to the delight of her consort, Lord Vishnu.
Ragam : Shankarabharanam
Talam : Aadi
Choreography : Jyothi Raghavan
Manipuri originated in the picturesque valleys of north India. Manipuri lays emphasis in involving the entire body in the dance other than the facial expression. This style is multifaceted, ranging from the softest feminine to the obviously vigorous masculine. Dignified grace is to be found in every aspect and the range it offers in technique, rhythmics and tempo makes a Manipuri recital an absorbing and exhilarating experience.
According to legend, Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati danced in the valleys of Manipuri to the accompaniment of the Ghandharvas to the celestial light of Mani (jewel) from the head of the Atishesha, a serpent and that is how it has come to be called Manipuri.
This Manipuri dance piece is a Ras, the principal dance item in Manipuri, which depicts bhakti rasa. The innumerable escapes of Lord Krishna are depicted in Ras. In this particular piece you see Radha, Krishna's love and devotee, dancing in hopes to lure her Lord to her.
Choreography: Jasmin Shah
This piece, taken from Kalidasa's play Abignana Shakuntalam, describes the meeting of the King Dushyant and the maiden Shakuntala. While roaming the forest, the King Dushyant spies Shakuntala and her friends and is intoxicated with her beauty. Upon seeing him, Shakuntala is similarly affected. After their love is made known to each other, they joyfully dance together in pure alternating rhythms of the vigorous man and the graceful woman.
Choreography: Smt. 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
This piece depicts the life of the Rajasthani princess Mirabai, a poet and devotee of Lord Krishna. In this composition, Mirabai dances joyously with her bells (gunguru) for Lord Krishna and confesses that she is an enternal servant (dasi) of Narayana. Mirabai tells the story of her husband Rana, a powerful king who tried to poison her and rid himself of her. Mirabai takes the poison and, seeing the face of her Lord Krishna in it, happily drinks it and continues her praise of her lord. Even as the entire kingdom mocks her and considers her insane, Mirabai insists that Lord Krishna, the giridhar who lifted Mount Govardhana, is her true lord. She pleads with Krishna to save her, and Lord Krishna appears and mercifully blesses her. Mirabai again takes her bells and dances with complete devotion and love for her dear Krishna.
Ragam : Desh
Lyrics : Mirabai
Music: Jhanavi Jayaprakash
Choreography: Dr. Malini Krishnamurthi
This dance combines fast footwork and movements with classical Kathak facial expressions and hand gestures. This dance was first featured in the Bollywood movie 'Devdas'.
Choreography: Pt. Birju Maharaj, Kavita Subramaniam, Maduri Dixit
The thillana is a traditional conclusion to a Bharatha Natyam program. This thillana is in praise of the Divine Child, Krishna. It tells the story of how Krishna defeated the serpent Kaliya and danced on top of its head to the amazement of onlookers.
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
|Co-Presidents||:||Sheila Krishna, Prachi Jain|
|Masters of Ceremonies||:||Shashank Sundareshan|
|Producer||:||Sheila Krishna, Prachi Jain|
|Funding||:||Sheila Krishna, Prachi Jain, Rasika Kumar|
|Web Page||:||Charuleka Varadharajan|