Ode to the deities

Divya Trilogy brings together six dancers in an endeavour to introduce audience to an in-depth understanding of deities and the elements associated with them

Published: 11th April 2018 10:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2018 05:02 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD:In Hinduism, the gods and goddesses are often identified by elements like their attributes, vehicles, weapons and flowers. Themed around the same is the upcoming dance event, Divya Treiyam, a trilogy organised by Shankarananda Kalakshetra, in collaboration with the department of culture, government of Telangana. Conceptualised by renowned arts consultant and administrator, Usha RK, the evening will feature six solo dance performances by young artistes from cities across the country. “On one of my visits to Auroville Haridwar, I read the book, The Spiritual Significance of Flowers by the mother of Aurobindo.

In a simplistic manner, it explains how each deity loves different flowers and other details of each flower including its colour, fragrance and type,” shares Usha, adding that she went on to watch a movie and various books on Aurobindo that gave her an insight into the weapons and vehicles used by deities. The programme, scheduled this Sunday, will present three sets with two solo performances in each category - Divya Pushpam (Japaa Pushpa and Parijata Pushpa), Divya Astraa (Brahma Astraa and Sudarshana Astraa) and Divya Vahana (Garuda Vahana and Nandi Vahana). To explore these divine concepts, each presentation has been deeply researched by Usha herself and the dancers, in order to bring to fore the idiom of Bharatanatyam with ideas that permeate the worlds of the Puranas and poetry.

The lineup comprises Tanya Saxena, Matangi Prasanna, Pavitra Bhat, Mithun Shyam, Shivaranjani Harish and Rasika Kiran. Talking about the dancers, Usha says that she wanted to bring together young dancers who could rightly ‘communicate’ the essence of each element through their movement and expressions. “I have worked and interacted with all the artistes before and I understand their work. Once the lineup was finalised, I briefed them about a basic format, which includes a few minutes specially dedicated to portraying the movement of an animal or any other element and later go on to show the relationship between the deity and the element,” she adds. A single orchestra with renowned musicians will provide live music to the performances.

At Ravindra Bharati.

On April 15, 6.30 pm onwards —

A Harini Prasad

hariniprasad.a@newindian

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