Digital version of 'Brihadeeswara - Form to Formless' released
February 9, 2024
On February 2, 2024, Bharatanatyam artiste and research scholar Bala Devi Chandrashekar released a digital version of 'Brihadeeswara - Form to Formless through the Eyes of a Devaradiyal' at the UNESCO head office in Paris.
This production is a solo thematic Bhanika-style presentation that showcases the essence and significance of the Thanjai Periya Kovil, a 1000-year-old UNESCO heritage site. The dance rendition results from extensive research and is guided by distinguished scholars. It brings to life a profound narrative that illuminates the temple's hallowed premises and architectural wonder. The production is a homage to the timeless splendor of the Thanjai Periya Kovil, a testament to India's craftsmanship and cultural philosophy for a millennium.
Initially, the production was hosted at the UNESCO head office in Paris on June 28, 2018, and received critical acclaim from many, including ambassadors, delegates, and local art connoisseurs. The show was acknowledged for celebrating the UNESCO approved Indian heritage site through the lens of performing arts.
Bala Devi Chandrashekar had the privilege of releasing the digitized production version, which was released by UNESCO with the Ambassador Mr. Vishal Sharma, Permanent Delegate of India, presenting it on February 2, 2024. The presence and patronage of the Ambassador significantly enhanced the reach and impact of the production, amplifying its message to a broader worldwide audience and highlighting the cultural significance of the Thanjai Big Temple, transcending geographical boundaries. It contributes to preserving and promoting UNESCO heritage sites, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of India's rich cultural heritage.