Bharathanjali and Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana present
Kishkinda Kandam & Sundara Kandam
December 4, 2011 - Jan 5, 2012 Chennai
November 14, 2011
Bharathanjali Trust & Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana present PARISHVANGA PATTABISHEKAM (Kishkinda Kandam & Sundara Kandam). It was originally choreographed for the Cleveland Aradhana in April 2011and will be presented for the first time this season by students of Bharathanjali and a few guest artistes who performed in Cleveland.
Lyrics & Music: Neyveli Santhanagopalan
Choreography: Anitha Guha
Audio recording management: PR Venkatasubramanian
Program anchor: Revati Sankkaran. Only at Krishna Gana Sabha: Dr. Sudha Seshayyan
4th Dec 2011
For Kartik Fine Arts, at Narada Gana Sabha main hall - 6:45pm
11th Dec 2011
At Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 10am
17th Dec 2011
For Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, at Nalli Gana Vihar: Kishkinda Kandam -7.30pm
18th Dec 2011
For Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, at Nalli Gana Vihar: Sundara Kandam – 7.30pm
25th Dec 2011
For Brahma Gana Sabha, at Sivagami Pethachi auditorium – 6.45pm
29th Dec 2011
For Bharath Kalachar at Sri YGP Auditorium - 7.15pm
30th Dec 2011
For Thyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, at Vani Mahal – 6.30pm
1st Jan 2012
For Indian Fine Arts Society, at German Hall – 6.45pm
5th Jan 2012
At Music Academy - 7.15pm
The story value of the epic and the dense layer of Bhakti makes it perhaps one of the most interesting narratives ever. Reading Valmiki Ramayana was a process of discovery. Rama has been a divine and a very Sathvic figure in popular imagination, but the sense of reality and earthiness the Valmiki Ramayana gives to the character is amazing. Rama’s pangs of separation from Sita, anger when Sugreeva forgets his promise are dealt with unimaginable intensity. Sita’s despair and thoughts of giving up her life (even though she is an avatara of Mahalakshmi) bring you close to human emotions and predicaments. We have tried to portray Rama, Sita and Hanuman exactly as conceived by Valmiki with all their human qualities, despite being incarnations of God. As suggested by Cleveland Sundaram, we have incorporated items from the margam, as narrative sequences into our dance production without allowing it to compromise on the style or take away the dramatic value of our production.
It has been a great experience to work with Carnatic musicians on this project. The music and lyrics have been composed very beautifully and suitably for dance by Neyveli Santhanagopalan. The wonderful vocal support has been extended by Neyveli Santhanagopalan, his daughter Sriranjani Santhanagopalan, Gayatri Venkatraghavan and Nisha Rajagopalan. The other orchestra members include Ranjani Ramakrishnan on the violin, Bhargavi Ganesh on the Chitra Veenai, Sruthi Sagar on the flute, Suresh on the mridangam, tabla & rhythm pad and PR Venkatasubramanian on the keyboard. The audio recording has been done at Studio Design.
For the first few programs, we have Janaki Rangarajan from USA (Disciple of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam) as Rama, Aishwarya N Balasubramanium as Lakshmana & Sita. For the rest of the programs, Yatin Agarwal, Pavitra Bhatt (Disciple of Deepak Mazumdar & Anitha Guha) and Janane Sethunarayanan will play the roles of Rama, Lakshmana, Ravana & Sita. The other guest artistes are Thiruchelvam of Kalakshetra as Vaali (The fight sequence between Vaali & Sugreeva has been choreographed by Thiruchelvam), Madhusudhanan of Kalakshetra as Sugreeva and Sumitra Subramaniam (Daughter / disciple of Jayanthi Subramaniam) as Lankini. Sathvikaa Shankar, Medha Hari and Sathvika R will be performing as Hanuman, Thaarai and Indrajith respectively. The other students of Bharathanjali adorn various roles.
It was a very exciting experience for my students to work for this production and also interact with professional guest artistes who with all their goodwill, accepted to perform with us this season. I would also like to add here that the Nrithya natakam has many sequences like the "vanara thillana" and "asuras' procession" that will be quite interesting to youngsters and elders alike.
- Anitha Guha