|Date:||Monday, February 19, 2007|
|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.
"Pushpanjali" literally means 'an offering of flowers'. This item is traditionally peformed at the start of a Bharathanatyam show, where the artists salute the gods, their gurus and the audience.
This dance is composed of prayers to the Lord Ganesha (the remover of obstacles), Saraswathi devi (goddess of wisdom and music), Lakshmi devi (goddess of wealth) and Lord Shiva (the god of destruction and the god of dance).
This dance is a prayer to Lord Ganesha, son of Parvati and Shiva and the remover of obstacles. Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. This is an fast-paced invocatory dance where the dancers offers their prayers to the Lord Ganesha and seeks his blessings to make the event a success. In a Kauthuvam, chollukattus (rhythmic syllables) are intertwined with the lyrics of the song. Thus it has both nritta (footwork) and abhinaya (expressions) components in its choreography.
The "Todaya 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 Khanda Chapu (5 beat rhythmic cycle). The second and fouth stanza set in tala Misra Chapu (7 beat cycle) and Rupakam (3 beat cycle) respectively, describe the glory of Lord Venkateshwara. The third and fifth stanzas, each set to Adi tala (8 beat cycle), describe Krishna.
Ragam: Ragamalika Taalam: Taalamalika
A "Jathiswaram" is a pure dance presentation, devoid of any abhinaya (emotions), in which, intricate sequences are fused with repetitive musical notes. The dance deals with the execution of adavus (basic steps) and mudras (hand gestures), combined in definite groups. Jathis (rhythmic pieces danced to narrated syllables) are executed combining swara passages (musical scores) in a particular raga and tala.
A "Varanam" is the longest and most important item in a Bharathanatyam recital, and is a test of the dancer's stamina and skill in all aspects of the art. The first part of a Varanam contains many stories, which are interspersed with complicated jathis (rhythmic pieces danced to narrated syllables). This particular Varanam is in praise of the Lord Vishnu, the second god in the Hindu Trinity; and the god of protection. The first story will describe the 'Gajendra Moksham' where Lord Vishnu rescues an elephant devotee from a crocodile. A second piece depicts Lord Krishna (an incarnation of Vishnu) reciting the Bhagavad Gita to inspire Arjuna to fight the war against his evil cousins. The last part shows Lord Krishna, the handsome and lordly cowherd, playing with gopikas (female cowherds), who dance to the melodious music of his flute.
Ragam : Behag
Taalam : Adi
Composer: T.R. Subramaniam
Music sung by: O.S. Sridhar
Choreography: Smt. Jayalakshmi Eshwar
"Padhams" are slow, deep abhinaya pieces, which are mostly based on stories of love and are indicative of the dancer's ability to express a range of human emotions. This piece talks about the mesmerizing effect of "Govindan Kuzhal Osai" - the music from the flute of Krishna. The poet says when the grazing animals hear the music they are so mesmerized that they forget to graze. Birds who are secure in their nests fly out of the safety of their nests and bees forget to suck honey out of flowers. When they hear the music, young maidens are filled with unbridled joy. Their hearts, filled with love, they wander around seeking the Lord.
Composer: Guru Kameswaran
Music: Dr. Balamurali Krishna
"Yethanai Sonnalum" tells the story of a mother (the Nayika or heroine) scolding her daughter who has left her husband after fighting with him. She advises her daughter to reconcile her differences with her husband and to live a happy life with him.
The first part of this dance describes the adored child Krishna, asking him to come quickly to those who pray to him. The second half is a lively kummi, a traditional Tamil folk dance, where women dance around in a circle and clap their hands rhythmically. This particular kummi has been choreographed with Bharathanatyam steps.
Composer (Bega Baaro): Vadiraja Swamy
Music sung by: O.S. Sridhar
Choreography: Gayathri Srinivasan
A fast and lively dance, which traditionally concludes a Bharathanatyam recital.
A short traditional farewell item, thanking the audience. It is performed in a spirit of gratitude for the welfare and prosperity of the world.
|Co-Presidents||:||Shriddha Nayak & Charuleka Varadharajan|
|Masters of Ceremonies||:||Anila Sinha|
|Publicity||:||Jayanthi Jayakumar & Jayodita Sanghvi|
|Program||:||Samiksha Nayak & Chandni Valiathan|
|Web Page||:||Namrata Verma|
|Ticketing||:||Amrita Saigal & Radha Kalluri|
|Funding||:||MIT UA Finboard|