It was a joyful experience sharing stories, ideas and different episodes from our epics through Kuchipudi. Sharing a few pics from the event organized by Spic Macay.
We wish to paint the minds of our audiences with colors and how it can be portrayed in dance. Chitra Lolitha is all about the color RED.
I wish to gather you into my history with a story. A story that will take you to chapters gone by into pages that will arouse your memories. A story that will truly bond you and me into us. I am the flamboyant red sky, turning from sunrise to sunset in framing the beauty of mother earth. I am the blood dancing through your veins.I am that ism of life, flowing within you connecting you to life seeking you to gather and gathering you to a world flooded with me and my coloury essence.
For if you ever pray to be a color, you would truly want to be me CHITRA LOLITHA.
The Sharanas belong to the lower strata of the society basically called the Sudras and the Dalits in the Varna System of Hinduism. Sudras and Dalits where provided equal opportunities by the social reformer Basaveshwara and m≤ade them to depend on their own work, think rational and contribute back to society through Dashoha. This institution was also the fountainhead of the Vachana literature which was used as the vector to propagate Sharana’s views and philosophical thought. Other Sharana’s and Sharanes theosophy like Akka Mahadevi, Channabasavanna were participants in the Anubhava Mantapa.It was a unique socio spiritual revolution to establish an egalitarian society.
The Anubhava Mantapa worked to build a Vibrant casteless, creedless Society with full of Human Values propagated through Vachanas The movement initiated by Basava through Anubhava Mantapa became the basis of a sect of Human values. It gave rise to a system of ethics and education at once simple and exalted. It sought to inspire ideals of social and religious freedom, such as no previous faith of Earth had done. In the medieval age which was characterized by inter-communal jealousy, it helped to shed a ray of light and faith on the homes and hearts of people. But the spirit soon disappeared after the intermarriage that Basava facilitated came to an abrupt end when the couple were punished for the same by the King. The dream of the classless society was shaken and Basava soon realised the meek picture and left for Kudala Sangama and a year later died.
The movement gave a literature of considerable value in the vernacular language of the country, the literature which attained the dignity of a classical tongue. Its aim was the elimination of the barriers of caste and to remove untouchability, raising the untouchable to the equal of the high born. The sanctity of family relations and the improvement in the status of womanhood were striven for while at the same time the importance of rites and rituals, of fasts and pilgrimages was reduced. It encouraged learning and contemplation of God by means of love and faith.
The excesses of polytheism were deplored and the idea of monotheism was encouraged. The movement tended, in many ways, to raise the nation generally to a higher level of capacity both in thought and action. However, the sect failed to bring about a completely classless society.
I still remember reading the lines that stated “real dance begins when the body dies…”. As a young dancer, I kept wondering, what could did that mean and since there was so much stress on angikabhinaya, I really could not connect with those lines. Then it was always about fast movements, high jumps, stretches, perfectly tailored costumes, makeup, a big stage, many lights… But today I connect with those lines and feel it so very true. When your heart sings, it expresses any thing and everything . No wonder the devadasis captured the hearts of the rasikas, in a simple saree, no striking poses and no par lights… How I wish we could get back to that simplicity, yet a full filling experience.Real Dance Begins When The Body Dies
As a part of “Celebrating Dance series”, we invite you to feel and understand the life of a Guru and the traditional system of Guru Shishya Parampara for leaning of Indian Classical Arts.
This is the first clip in Guru Shishya Parampara series where Bharatanatyam Guru Ramana from Tumkur, Karnataka sharing his wisdom with his student Vyjayanthi Kashi, who is now a Guru herself.