By Bala Devi Chandrashekar
January 6, 2023 Bhubaneswar
December 31, 2022
Tridhara presents a solo thematic operatic presentation by Bharatanatyam exponent Bala Devi Chandrashekar.
Date: 6th January 2023
Venue: Utkal Rangamancha, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre premises, Bhubaneswar.
'Padmavati - an avatar' is a solo operatic thematic production of a temple dancer, who is the centre of attraction in the immortal classic 'Gita Govindam' by poet Jayadeva. Sringara Rasa is the sensual thread of this love poem that is woven around Padmavati and Jayadeva. Whilst the union of Padmavati and Jayadeva is highly sublime and is held in high esteem and adoration by many, this presentation is juxtaposed with the amorous intimacy of Lord Krishna and Radha.
The performance is woven into four acts, SALOKYAM - being in His world, SAROOPYAM- taking His form, SAMEEPYAM - approaching Him and finally SAYUJYAM - becoming one with the beloved. This production is a beautiful lyrical dance-drama laced with romance. It is based on the theme "Vipralambha Sringara" - anguish in separation, and the joy in the union of the divine couple Radha and Krishna.
The poet Jayadeva belonged to the 12th century and was considered as an avatar of Lord Krishna, Padmavati and Mahalakshmi. Padmavati, an exceptional temple dancer, was the main inspiration for Jayadeva's hymns. The 'Gita Govindam' is a poem of 12 chapters or Sargas comprising 24 Astapadhis or hymns. The theme closely follows "Rasakreeda - Ronde dance."
'Padmavati- an avatar' culminates the grandeur of the divine journey of the Lord, the Rath yatra at the temple of Puri Jagannath with cultural convergence of festivities, playing devotional songs, drums, tambourines, and trumpets.
Conceptualized, researched and choreographed by Bala Devi Chandrashekar.
About the artiste
Bala Devi Chandrashekar is a Bharatanatyam exponent and research scholar. Bala is known for her distinct scholarly style and takes on subjects based on ancient texts supported by intense research. She collaborates with renowned scholars in their respective fields, carving messages from scriptures relevant to the contemporary world and actively presenting this form worldwide. Bala Devi's lineage is from a family of philosophers and literary scholars.
Through her classical dance, she strives to interpret ancient philosophical and esoteric concepts and present them in a distinct classical style that is always contemporary in interpretation and communicates across cultures. Bala started her initial training under Guru Jayalakshmi Narayanan in Hyderabad and then went on to learn with Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam in Chennai.
She is the recipient of several awards, including Kalaimamani - Tamil Nadu Govt., Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam - 'Bharata Nrtya Seva Mani', 'Natya Choodamani' - Andhra Pradesh Govt, 'Natya Kala Bharathi' - Thanjavur, 'Vishwa Kalabharathi'- Kala Bharathi, Vizag, 'Kala Rathna' - Kala Prakash, Varanasi, 'Bharatha Kala Vani' - Dr. TN Ramachandran and Dr. Kodavayil Balasubramanian, 'Thalaikkoli' - Rajasri Rajah S. Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, senior prince of Thanjavur palace, 'Nritya Seva Mani' - Cleveland Aradhana, 'Drishti Puraskar' - Drishti Arts Foundation, 'Nritya Kala Ranjani' - Rasika Ranjani, Kumbakonam.
Bala is one of the few Bharatanatyam artistes to have released nine critically acclaimed productions. These productions are Nandanar Charithram, MLV favorites, Krishnaarpanam, Vishwam: The Omnipresent, Uddhava Gita: Lord Krishna's last message, Tripura - Divine Feminine, Karna: Destiny's Child, Brihadeeswara: Form to formless, and Padmavati - an Avatar. All her productions are accompanied by exceptional music. Bala performs at several prestigious venues across India, USA, Europe, and the Middle East. She has given over 300 performances across 30 countries.
In a unique honor, in 2018, Bala's 'Brihadeeswara form to formless, through the eyes of a Devaradiyal' was hosted by UNESCO, Head office in Paris.
* Inauguration by esteemed guests
* Presentation of 'Guru Debaprasad Nrutya Ratna Award' to Bala Devi Chandrasekhar
* Solo Bharatanatyam dance presentation
* Group Odissi dance presentation by Tridhara, Bhubaneswar
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