‘Pratibodhana’ by Rama Vaidyanathan explored realism and romance

Pratibodhana stood out for its choreography, attention-grabbing jathi patterns, and refined abhinaya

Pratibodhana stood out for its choreography, attention-grabbing jathi patterns, and refined abhinaya

Rama Vaidyanathan’s group manufacturing ‘Pratibodhana’ – An Awakening’ was not simply an awakening from sleep to wakefulness, it was an awakening from the slumber of ignorance to divine information and deliverance (moksha).

The choreography stood out for picturesque formations, attention-grabbing jathi patterns, and refined however stunning abhinaya. Organised by Sanathana Natyalaya and Nrityangan at Don Bosco Corridor, Mangaluru, the manufacturing appropriately started with songs from Manickavachagar’s ‘Thiruvembavai’ — ‘Annae, Ivaiyum Silavo’ and ‘Kozhi Silamba Silambum’. The chums of the nayika go to her home to wake her up — she is quick asleep, conveniently forgetting the guarantees she made the day gone by. They remind her that she was able to soften just like the wax within the hearth, simply on the point out of the Lord’s title (thennaa ennaa munnam thee saer mezhugoppaay), and now’s in deep slumber. They chastise her lethargy and ask her what sort of sleep is that (vaazhi eedhenna urakkamo).

Then got here a shabdam introduced by Shubhamani Chandrashekhar — ‘Thillai ambalam thannilae nadam seidhidum Natarajan’. The craving of the lovelorn nayika for the lord she noticed in her goals was fantastically introduced out by the swish dancer.

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Spirit of Kashi

Swati Tirunal’s ‘Visweswara darsan kar’ was chosen for a gaggle presentation. It depicted the sights and sounds of Kashi, the place demise and life co-exist, and the thoughts turns into mature sufficient to just accept issues as they’re. One facet of the stage was stuffed with fervent worshippers whereas the opposite was occupied by bereaved folks lamenting their useless, and preparing for the cremation.

Rama Vaidyanathan’s group presentation “Pratibodhana’.

Rama Vaidyanathan’s group presentation “Pratibodhana’.
| Photograph Credit score: B. Ramadevi

The fourth a part of the manufacturing delivered to life, a specifically scripted Sanskrit poem, primarily based on Guru Nanak’s 10 phases of life. Rama depicted these phases together with her beautiful abhinaya — an toddler’s love for the mom’s milk, his need for consuming, mates, love curiosity, incomes cash, protecting it protected, worrying in regards to the departing youth, the desperation to carry on to it and eventually, the escape of the breath from the physique. It was introduced as if an embryo was the narrator, who lastly expresses a need to by no means enter all these cycles as soon as once more.

The fifth and last half was a gaggle presentation, ‘Shivoham’, the place the ‘I’ merges into ‘Shiva’ and turns into ‘Him’. In any case, that’s the actual ‘Pratibodhana’.

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Sayani Chakroborty, Kavya Ganesh, Pritam Das, Reshika Shivakumar, and Vaishnavi fantastically blended into the presentation with applicable footwork and abhinaya.

The costumes have been refined inexperienced Mangalagiri in addition to vibrant white and purple silk, relying on the temper of the piece.

The recorded music comprising Sudha Raghuraman (vocal assist), Sumod Sreedharan (mridangam), R. Raghuraman ( flute), and Vijay Sivanand (violin) vastly enhanced the expertise.

The author specialises in classical arts.

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