PriyaLasya - Report
The programme details of Ashrita Keshav
Disciple of Sri Jaikishore & Padmavani Mosalikanti
First Item- A slokam which is an excerpt from the Narayaneeyam by Shri Narayana Bhattadri in Ragam: Poorvi Kalyani and Aarabhi.
It extols the beauty of Lord Krishna in the 3 stages of His life - as the child, the adoloscent and the Parabrahma Swaroopam.
In the song that follows - Manasa Sancharare, the devotee says that his mind goes around the Parabrahmam -whose beautiful locks are adorned by a peacock feather. His shining cheeks are brighter than a mirror- The Supreme One whose face shines like the moon - the One who fills the whole Universe with the melodious flow of music from His flute.
This beautiful song has been composed by the 18th century poet- saint Sadashiva Brahmendra in Ragam : Shaama set to Adi Talam and Choreographed by the incomparable Guru the late Padma Bhushan Dr.Vempatti Chinna Satyam.
Govardhana Giridhari is the Tarangam, which plays a pivotal role in a solo Kuchipudi repertoire. It is a term given to chapters in 'Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini' by Sri Narayana Theertha. In this piece, the dancer exhibits her prowess in all the 3 aspects of dance - nritta- pure dance, nritya-abhinaya and natya-depiction of a story. The dancer stands on the rims of a brass plate and the complex rhythmic movements answer the percussion.
The sanchari is in praise of Lord Mahavishnu in His adorable avatar as Bhagwan Shri Krishna. It embraces all the emotions known to human mind - the naughty little child, who pleads innocence after stealing butter from right under His mother's nose, the romantic young boy who steals the clothes of the gopika and forces her to surrender to Him, thus lifting the veil of Maya from the mind. Finally, we see Him as the Protector who lifts the mighty mountain Govardhan to provide shelter to all the living beings, as the Lord of the Universe, who destroys the benign ego of Indra - the Lord of the Devas.
Govardhana Giridhaari - Ragam- Ragamalika, Talam- Adi. Choreographed by Padma Bhushan Dr.Vempatti Chinna Satyam.
This popular keerthanam from Telugu literature has been the source of various interpretations. Mother Yashoda is submerging her little Balakrishna with kisses as she describes His mischievous deeds with the love and adoration that can come only from a mother.
Mudhugare yashoda in Ragam Kurinji, Adi talam, composed by Annamayya and choreographed by Guru Dr.Vempatti Chinna Satyam.
In this joyful and vibrant composition of the poet-saint Purandaradasa, he urges all the sumangalis to join him in the Arathi Pooja to Lord Lakshmi Venkataramana, who is none other than Lord Maha Vishnu seated with His consort Goddess Mahalakshmi.
This popular song, as a finale to the proceedings, is usually heard only in temples and poojas. Rarely seen in a Kuchipudi repertoire, this arathi, replacing the traditional mangalam, has been adapted expressively in dance to show the ten incarnations taken by the Lord to restore righteousness to the world.
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