Sree Sankara Choreo-Fest 2009
June 24, 2009
- To choreograph
new classical items in the Mohiniattam, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi styles.
The three new
items choreographed are:
The scene depicting 'Seetaswayamvaram' from the works of Thunjath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan was presented by Avanijalakshmi, in the Mohiniattam format. Sage Viswamitra arrives at the palace of King Janaka, with Sree Rama and Lakshmana after successfully completing a great Yaga. The palace is all set for young Seeta's wedding. Janaka ushers in the great sage and the young princes and informs them that his daughter would be married to the one who breaks Lord Shiva's bow endowed with divine powers. While several mighty kings fail even to lift the bow, Sree Rama breaks it with ease and reverence, thus winning the young Seeta.
'Periyarainte gathi' in the Mohiniattam style is a theme written by Prof. CP Unnikrishnan, narrating the spiritual and material values of the river Periyar which are nearly lost. The banks of the river are blessed by the birth and childhood days of Sree Sankaracharya who installed the deity of the Sree Krishna temple. Viswa Guru Sree Narayana Gurudev held the world conference of all religions on the banks of this river. Periyar remained a major waterway for commutation by traders and others, which established loss of cultural and commercial inter-regional relationships. Many souls attained salvation by the posthumous rituals done by their descendants. The run of time is converting the river into nearly drying gutter of filth….totally polluted and turned inaccessible for pure water or other uses. As the skyscrapers increase in number, the precious wealth of sand is disappearing in alarming dimensions. Periyar is gasping, calling for help in silence. The helpless retaliation of nature against the overambitious encroach of humanity is growing into terrifying proportions. Athulya Shaji ended her performance, appealing to all, not to be late to save the precious wealth...our dear Periyar!
The program was conceived by Prof. PV Peetambaran, directed by Prof. CP Unnikrishnan, with dance-structuring by Sudha Peetambaran. Music was scored by MS Unnikrishnan Perumbavur. The background music was by Sreekumar Oorakam (vocal), Venu Kurumassery (mridangam and maddalam), Unnikrishnan Perumbavur (flute), and Baburaj Perumbavur (violin and keyboard).