Friday, April 27, 2012


RANGA TARANGA's program of National Festival of Choreography continues.....

 One of the most known classical dance and which is one among the six classical type dance is Manipuri the other are Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, and Orissi. Manipuris coming from Manipur the north-eastern state of India and the indigenous people of this valley are known to be the dance-expert as the Gandharva’s, mentioned in the epic Ramayana, Mahabharata and other religious scriptures. This style of classical dance is purely religious and its aim is at spiritual experience. 
 The daily activities of Manipuri people include the development of music and dance through religious festivals. Dance is not only a medium of worship and enjoyment but also a door to the divine, but indispensable for all socio-cultural ceremonies. From the religious point of view and from the artistic angle of vision, Manipuri Classical Form of dance is claimed to be one on the most modest, softest and mildest but the most meaningful dances of the world. 


The students of Venkatesha Natya Mandira, Bengaluru presents dance drama, "Mohini
Bhasmasura", on the occasion of RANGA TARANGA festival of Music and Dance.
MOHINI-BHASMASURA is the story of how Mohini, a female incarnation of the god Vishnu, uses her charm to save Lord Shiva from Bhasmasura, king of demons.At the beginning of the story, Bhasmasura has a desire to control the world. He decides to do penance and asks Lord Shiva to grant him the ability to turn anybody into ashes the moment he lays his hands on their head. Bhasmasura wants to test the power on Shiva, who starts to escape.Shiva convinces Lord Vishnu to intervene and destroy Bhasmasura. Vishnu agrees and assumes the form a beautiful dancer called Mohini and waits for Bhasmasura who chases Shiva. Bhasmasura is taken with Mohini's charm and beauty and asks her to marry him.Mohini convinces him to dance and mimic every move that she makes. In the course of gestures and postures, Mohini puts her hand on her head and Bhasmasura, distracted by her beauty and grace, does the same. The moment he places his hand on his head, he gets burned and dies to his own power, and Shiva and world are saved.
The dance drama is an example of how important storytelling is in classical Indian
dance. The dances aren't performed solely out of happiness or pleasure, but are used to
convey important lessons in life.
Guru Radha Sridhar presents the artists to the audience.

Friday, 27th April 2012
Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.

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