Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti
Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam presents
Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav 2012
May 18 - 27, 2012 Melattur, Tamilnadu
March 28, 2012
The 72nd Year BHAGAVATA MELA NATAKA MAHOTSAV is scheduled to be held from the 18th May 2012.
The centuries old Utsav is held annually with religious fervour in the sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja, as part of celebration of Sri Nrusimha Jayanti. Coming into being as a result of Bhakti movement about 450 years ago, the ritualistic Bhagavata Mela tradition, a Telugu heritage nurtured in Tamil country, richly deserves a vast support from the art-world.
The Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav 2012 features not only Bhagavata Mela natakams but also many fitting events akin to Bhagavata Mela. The great Bhagavata Mela tradition is a unique blend of bhakti, music, dance and drama in vogue over 4 centuries. The Bhagavata Mela natakams, composed by Melattur Venkatarama Sastry (1743-1809 A.D), are performed annually, in adherence to the Natya Veda, in the sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple of Melattur village as part of Sri Narasimha Jayanti Vasantotsav.
Preserved in pristine purity as a true temple art with no commercial interests, this great theatre art, considered as the only surviving link in Tamil Nadu today that connects us to the ancient Sanskrit theatre, struggles for survival amidst pernicious odds and hardship.
Venue: Sri Varadaraja Perumal Sannidhi, Melattur
7.30pm: Mangala Isai – Nadaswaram by Thirukarugavoor Bros, TK Ramanan & TK Saravanan
9pm: Inauguration of Mahotsav
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam PRAHLADA CHARITAM
7.30pm: Artistes of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India), Chennai
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam SATI SAVITRI
7.30pm: Bharatanatyam by Lakshmi Karthik & Indu Santhosh (Disciples of Shobana Balachandra)
9pm: Natya Natakam SRI VALLI by Rangamandira, Chennai, Choreography: Swarnamalya
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam HARISCHANDRA – Part 1
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam HARISCHANDRA – Part 2
7.30pm: Bharatanatyam by Kiran Rajagopalan
9pm: Bharatanatyam by Dhanya Chandramohan (USA), disciple of Suba Ramesh Parmar, USA
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam RUKMINI KALYANAM
9.30pm: Tamil opera VALLI THIRUMANAM
7.30pm: Sri Anjaneya Aradhana & concluding rituals - Naama Sankeertan by Udayalur Sri Balarama Bhagavatar & Bhagavata Mela artists followed by procession of deity, Sri Nrusimha with His consorts
Ph: (04374) - 273445