Nauka Charitam of Tyagaraja - a musical dance drama
Doordarshan Archives approx 50 mins.
Nauka Charitam (Nauka Charitram) witten by Tyagaraja (1767-1847) is about a boat trip down the Yamuna by
Lord Krishna and his Gopis. Krishna is derided by the Gopis for his youth and inexperience in aquatic sports.
Krishna is not deterred and he manages to get on the boat. He then creates a storm and convinces the Gopis
to remove their clothing to plug the holes in the boat.
Tyagaraja's mastery over the idiom of classical music is evident in the 21 kritis set in 13 ragas and in different
metres. His dexterity in steering clear of the pitfalls of Sringara while dealing with the erotic motif of the subject
is the greatness of Tyagaraja.
Tum Chandan Hum Pani - A dance drama based on the life of Sant Ravidas
Sant Ravidas, a contemporary of Kabir, was born in a shoemaker's family. A devotee of Lord Rama,he was a
follower of Swami Ramanand who declared that a person's caste should be decided by deeds and not birth,
since this is the Vedic way. This brought him into conflict the poweful Brahmins. He worked tirelessly for the
upliftment of the downtrodden and disadvantaged. Like Kabir he was a prolific penner of verses extolling the
greatness of God and the significance of holy company.
VCDs/DVDs - Dance dramas, Dance compilations, Odissi, Manipuri
Natyalayavibhati - An amalgamation of Six Indian Classical Dances
VCD # IIMVD-9021
Program conceived and complied by Dr. Raja Radha Reddy. Live Performance
Kaushalya Reddy - Kuchipudi / Kavita Dwivedi - Odissi /Jayaprabha Menon - Mohiniattam / Beena Devi - Manipuri
Anuradha Venkatraman - Bharatanatyam /Sharmishta Mukherjee - Kathak
The programme Natya-Laya Vibhati is a creative interpretation fo the aesthetical matrix of the cadenced rhythm in
the multilayered edifice of Indian dance tradition. Each of these classical dances has a rhythm and music of it;s
own, yet like the statement from the Rigveda explains, "Ekam sat, Viprah Bhudha Vadanti" meaning that there is
only one supreme being, butwise men describes that as having various names and forms. This applies to Indian
classical dance as well. The origin of all Indian dances is one, the divine, but over time, each of these have
attained different forms due to the provincial preferences etc. In one time cycle, each of thes six dancers performs
with different gatis (rhythms). They show the individual virtuosity of their respective dance form. Finally they join
together and present their individual dances at one pace. Each of the dances will give description of Natya-Laya
Vibhati in their respective styles.
Various Artistes - Symphony Celestial
120 mins - 2 DVD set
These two DVDs with a duration of 60 minutes each, present 12 classical dance forms of India (Bharatanatyam,
Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, Satriya, Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Mohiniyattam, Nangiarkoothu, Ottan Thullal &
|Odissi – Dedicated to Jagannatha
- Kelu Charan Mahapatra - Kevat Prasang
- Kelu Charan Mahapatra - Ashtapadi
- Sanjukta Panigrahi - Ardhanareeshwara Stuti
- Sanjukta Panigrahi - Pallavi
Sujata Mohapatra - Odissi
Tracing its origin to the temple dances of the 'Devadasis' (temple dancers), Odissi is full of grace and charm that
is glorified by the performer. This dance form from Orissa diligently portrays the aesthetic charm of 'Abhinaya'
(acting) and the brilliance of Nritta, (dance) in a way of its own. With majority of the themes from Jayadeva?s
'Geeta Govinda', dominated by feelings of love and devotion, Odissi serves as the ideal abode for expressing
them to the fullest.
Manipuri: Subtle, sublime & serene
VCD # M100/11V
- Attalika Darshan - Charu Sija Mathur
- Chaitanya Mahatmya - Charu Sija Mathur
- Radha Abhisar and Prarthana - Ojha Choaba Singh
- Ashtapadi- Thamba Devi
- Vasanta Ras- Manipuri Jagoi Marup
- Shuk Sari Dwandwa- Darshana Jhaveri
- Ramayana Gaur Chandrika - Guru Singhajit Singh
- Pung Ghotom - Manipuri Jagoi Marup
Bimbavati Devi - Manipuri 40 mins
Blossoming love and eternal devotion takes center stage in the fabled saga of Lord Krishna and his consort
Radha, and Manipuri is perhaps the ideal of all classical dance forms in India, which depicts it to the delight of the
audiences. The richly bedecked costumes, graceful movements, make Manipuri a lyrical recitation of a sublime
order. It is also a balanced act with the elements of Nritta (dance) and Abhinaya (acting).
Anita Sharma - Satriya 35 mins
The dance Satriya has its origin in the Island of Majuli, situated in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra River in
Assam. Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world. The name Satriya is derived from Satra the
monastery of the Vaishnavite sect. Today, it is one of the popular classical dance forms of Assam, portraying the
cultural and traditional essence of the Majuli Islanders.
RAAS - Manipuri
Duration: 23 mins.
Raas is on eof the most famous classical dances of Inida, known for its rhythm,
grace and a poetic beauty of movements. The 'Raas' is a living tradition in Manipur. At
the end of the lila, Krishna asks the gopis to return to their respective homes as
dawn is approaching fast and they reply, 'May we always be born again as gopis'.
This is the true sentiment of the Raas. It is reflected in the heart of every member of
the audience, each of whom wants to be united with the divine spirit. This passion is
based on 'shringarbhakti' or devotion born of love for the Supreme. In it we find a
simple and human approach in which desires, aspiratins and feelings become a
part of the love for God.