Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli
February 26, 2017
Celebration of Shiva, who is the cosmic ecstatic dancer isn’t complete without revelling in the divine art form of dance. The last day of the four-day long Shivarathri celebrations at Muddenahalli was earmarked for this graceful medium of expression.
Bhagawan arrived at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham hall amidst melodious bhajans. Before taking His seat, Bhagawan blessed all the volunteers, who had worked tirelessly throughout the Shivarathri celebrations. Once Bhagawan was seated, the evening programme commenced.
The evening programme began with a Bharatanatyam dance recital by Sri Parshwanath Upadhye, an Indian classical dancer. Having completed his Arangetram, Vidwat and Alankar levels under the tutelage of his Guru Sri Ravindra Sharma in the traditional Mysore style of Bharatanatyam, he along with his wife Smt Shruthi Gopal, also a dancer, continue their learning and exploring of the art form under the internationally acclaimed dancer duo Sri Kiran Subramanyam and Smt Sandhya Kiran. Winner of eight national awards, including the Natya Mayura and the Natya Keerthi awards, Sri Parshwanath has carved out a niche for himself as one of the most versatile dancers in India today.
The first offering in the recital was a solo performance by Sri Parshwanath on the Ardhanareeshwara Stotram by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. The dance was in adoration of both the Shiva and Shakthi aspects of divinity. It had a striking combination of the Tandava or the male energy synchronised with the female Lasya aspect, highlighting the ancient Indian aesthetic values.
For the second performance, he was joined by his wife Smt Shruthi Gopal and Sri Aditya P.V. A disciple of Smt Padmini Ramachandran, Smt. Shruthi Gopal has performed at various prestigious venues in India and abroad. She has been conferred with many titles and is a recipient of the Natya Kalanipuna award by the University of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Sri Aditya P.V is a dedicated exponent of Bharatanatyam and is one of the most promising dancers in India today. As the trio performed the Shiva Tandava Stotram, composed by Ravana who was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, the audience were transported into a world of pure delight.
After the dazzling performance, Bhagawan blessed all the artists profusely. The evening came to a close with the offering of Mangala Arathi.