Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual union, creating harmony. Are not dance and music then a form of yoga where both the artist and the aesthete get lost and found at the same time?
'Sammati – harmony through music and movement', presented for L’heure du Yoga organised by Les Portes de l’Inde, Toulouse (France) on 17th September, at Port Viguerie.
Photography & Editing Credits - Sreehari Edamana
There can be no bond stronger than that between a mother and child. Her love is the sunshine and rain that nurtures her little sapling. Devastation follows, if her sapling is uprooted, leaving her destitute.
"Maa, What if...?" : The Mother, through Tagore’s Poems
An enthralling multidisciplinary collaboration premiered at Móra Ferenc Museum, Szeged (Hungary) for the Night of the Museums (Autumn Edition, 2015) featuring Ipshita Rajesh (India) & Soultari Amin Farid (Singapore) this work takes you into the journey of a child's life, through the literary musings of the famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Live show photograph credits - Andras Varga
Editing & visual effects - Sreehari Edamana
A work of art is always structured to evoke a certain response from the audience. It is to the artist’s credit if the intended reaction is obtained, if the right rasa is germinated in the spectator. The gods, in their human incarnations, acted and interacted with such dynamism that our epics abound with prospects for lively retelling of their tales of heroism, villainy, wit and wisdom that are as eternal as the gods themselves. And in rediscovering these tales over and over, we find that they always evoke the same, powerful rasas in us.
The Ramayana is no different. From the shringara evoked by the love Rama and Sita share to the hasyam from Shoorpanaka’s gawky attempt at seducing him, from the the viram from his lifting the mighty Shivadhanush to the karuna when he grieves over his father's demise, Rama’s life story is a rich tapestry of characters and events through which all the rasas – the Navarasas – can be experienced. Little surprise, then, that the Ramayana finds multifarious expression in the literature, art, music and theatre of India.
This performance seeks to establish and traverse through Ramarasa. Ramarasa is, at once, both an encapsulation of the Navarasas and beyond them in a league of its own. It is an actualisation of the gods, the universe, and ultimately, the true nature of man himself – the Pure Consciousness of existence – achieved through the life of Rama.
Shri Sadashiva Brahmendra, a noted saint and Carnatic music composer of the 18th century, summarised Ramarasa as “the supreme bliss, Brahmananda, and the essence of all gunas.”
This journey, Navarasa to Ramarasa, from the corporeal to the spiritual realm, takes us on the voyage of self-discovery.
Live Show Photograph Credits - Anandita Kumar
Studio Photograph Credits - Sreehari Edamana