– THE STAGES IN HUMAN LIFEWith humble ‘pranams’ to my gurus and elders, I have tried to depict the different stages of life in this thematic solo production.Every creature has to pass through different stages during it’s life span. Among the humans, they can be divided in to four, i.e. ‘BAALYA’ (the childhood), ‘YOUVANA’ (the youth), ‘GAARHASTHYA’ (the married life) and ‘VRUDDHAPYA’ (the old age). This is irrespective of the caste, creed or the inhabitance. The basic feature of each stage are chosen to be depicted through the medium of dance.After a customary invocation, ‘sutradhara’ enters and briefs the story. His role is designed as a comic one, to draw the attention of the ‘rasikas’ and to create a mood.‘BAALYA’ :Balya or childhood is inarguably the best time in one’s life. Life is full of fun and frolic. Play and making friends form an integral part of life. The childhood is well established through Shri Krishna and his fellow friends since, it is he who has always stood as an example for a most fascinating childhood with all his hyper activeness, naughtiness mischief and the brave actions. The most popular song of the Shri Purandaradasaru, “pillangoviya chelva krishnana elli noDidiri” is chosen to depict the childhood.‘YOUVANA’ :In course of time the child grows and attains the teen age. This is the period where an attraction is developed automatically towards the other gender. It is quite natural since the very nature makes it happen to protect it’s vested interest in continued life cycle. Hence the attraction being the basic characteristic of the youth stage is chosen to be portrayed. Once again, Shri krishna, the ever sought hero is the lover here. He attracts the ‘gopikas’ with his hypnotic personality and makes them drowned in love.The ever great poet of Sanskrit literature, Shri Jayadeva’s ‘ashthapadi’ is an unmatched literary work to showcase the stage of youth.‘GAARHASTHYA” :This is a stage where the man or a women enters the house holder ship getting married. This is a stage where the responsibilities are to be shouldered. It teaches how you have to live for the sake others. Even the social responsibilities are also to be taken care of. Tshouldered The personalities from the mythological stories are taken as the models for maintaining the moralities and the values of life. ‘Kuchela’, for not deviating from the path of ‘Dharma’. ‘Skanda’, the God of war stands for the valor. The great sage ‘Vasishtha’ could serve the whole army of king ‘Koushika’ through the help of the Divine Cow ‘Shabala’ and stands as an example for the hospitality. The miser Shreenivasa Naika turns into the greatest devotee, to become himself “Shri Purandaradasa”, by the deed of his wife, donating her nose ring to ‘Shri Hari’ who came in disguise. ‘Gaarhasthya’ proves to be the care taker of all other stages.‘VRUDDHAPYA’ :The days roll on and on, are turned into week, weeks into months, months into season and the seasons into year. We are still busy with our day-to-day engagements. But, as the days pass on, the human gets older and older. At last the day has arrived where he stands in front of the world in such a condition that his very feature seems to be helpless. Limbs are week, with the trembling body he walks with the help of a stick. ” Angam galitam phalitam mundam….., vruddho yati gruhitva danDam”. All of a sudden he is left all alone in this vast world. But when he comes to know that all the worldly pleasure do give only momentary pleasures. He realises that the real pleasure of life is to unite with the “paramatma”. He starts chanting the ‘Govinda nama’ with utmost devotion, which itself is the salvation to life.
2. DEVI – SHAKTHI SVARUPINI :
The story behind :
Being an enthusiastic performer, it’s my great pleasure to perform in the different platforms. One fine mornig, Mr.Prasad uncle of Kalapremi Foundation spoke to me and told that I am going to perform in their festival but I should present it with a theme.
I had never presented the dance with a theme before. But I cant say “No” since I am very much eager and love dancing, and really don’t like to loose the opportunity. Said ‘Yes’ without a second thought.
Thinking it over for days together, finally I came up with a theme, where I could exhibit the attributes of Devi, with the title “Devi – Shakti Swarupini”. I conjoined some of the dances I had learnt from my Gurus. I could weave them in sequences so as to have the gist of Devi’s life from her rebirth as ‘Parvathi’ to the stage where she develops into the slayer of evils on earth to protect her devotees.
Devi- Shakthi Svarupini, a thematic presentation depicts the life of the Devi Parvathi from her rebirth. She takes her rebirth in the kingdom of the King ‘Himavanta’ or the king of Himalayas. Grows into a beautiful maiden. She has an unstoppable love towards “Shiva”. Though her mother wants to stop her she fails in her action. After the tough days of deep penance, Parvati marries Shiva. As we all know they become “one” under the “Ardhanareeshwara Tatva”.
Now Devi is the mother of two little ones, Subrahmanya and Ganesha. She takes care of the children. Being an affectionate mother, she can’t focus only on the house hold things. A day comes where the devotees come to the mother and beg her for the rescue. Devi takes the form of the ‘Chamundi’, Mahishasura Mardhini and slays down the demons, and thus, becomes “dushta Shikksaki, Shishta Rakshaki.
This thematic dance will end up with a brilliant Thillana, Praying the ‘Jagadamba”, who is the bestow-er of ‘Tala-Mela-Geetha-Nrthya”.