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Theme Dance on 'Right Conduct'

Published: 05th March 2016 04:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th March 2016 04:21 AM   |  A+A-

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We are all aware that Vidura Neethi comprises maxims of Vidura  on ‘right  conduct’ in the  form of a dialogue with King Dhritarashtra. The text  contains more than 500 slokas, identified with Udyogaparva of Mahabharat of  Sage Vyasa. The presentation of Vidura Neethi by the husband and wife dance duo Balagurunathan  and Gayatri, one of the most prominent dance couples in Bharatanatyam and founders of Krishnanjali, sees Mahabharat through the  eyes of Vidura, the seeker of justice, through an innovative and fresh approach.

them.jpgThe dance show is being premièred at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on March 12. The story unfolds with the wicked Shakuni who plans to destroy the Kauravas with his evil advice. He accompanies his blindfolded sister Gandhari and plants jealousy in her against Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas.  In the  episodes,  Vidura talks of “a wicked counsel in his neethi” —  Poison shall kill the one,  who consumes it; a weapon shall kill the one, who is hit by it.  However, a  wrong counsel brings down, not only the  King, who listens to it, but also his  kingdom, his subjects and the  glory of his land.  The presentation narrates long-term destruction, a consequence of jealousy and enmity. 

This programme brings out the fact that one who is jealous, venomous, cruel or deceitful — all of these  are  ‘sin’ — will suffer great misery. A sloka defines  the limits of silence and speech bringing out the  fact that if we speak it should only be the truth and make it agreeable and in line with dharma.

Vidura Neethi has a line of praise for those  who study the scriptures diligently, fight a righteous battle, accomplish a deed with care and practice austerity with precision will have joyous results.Vidhura brings out his dharma saying that those who seek their misfortune are  responsible for their own actions and they cannot  blame others. Rajkumar Bharathy has chosen appropriate ragas, to suit the mood and the  characters of the story.  They are also releasing a dance DVD titled Krishnaveni Dhwani  on the works of legendary dancer Krishnaveni of  Kalakshetra. The sale proceeds would support the cancer treatment of underprivileged children.

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