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Devee - power of the Mother Goddess

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Vijay Shanker

As part of Nalanda Nriotsava, Nalanda Dance Research Centre presented 'Devee'. Conceptualised and choreographed by Padma Bhushan Dr Kanak Rele, was presented at the Kalangan of Ravindra Natya Mandir in three distinct classical dance styles, Mohiniattam, Bharata Natyam and Kathak and performed by the Nalanda dancers. Elevating and remarkable choreography and music, blending well with the theme of Shaktism was the highlight of the presentation.

On this occasion, three veterans in the field of classical dance, music and theatre were presented with the Nalanda Bharata Muni Award, the recepients were Kalamandalam Sivan Nambudiri (Koodiyattam- traditional sanskrit theatre) Kumudini Lakhia (Kathak) and Madurai Seshagopalan (Carnatic vocal music).

There are three manifestations of the supreme Devee (Goddess) collectively called ‘Triambika' comprising of Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Durga.

The production is set in three classical dance styles – Bharat Natyam, Mohini Attam and Kathak. The choreography  is woven round the Devee’s manifestations and her Divine purpose in the universe of destruction of the evil, disruptive elements and re-establishment of peace and harmony.

 Kerala’s religious practices are highly ritualistic and the rituals reveal intimacy with the Tantric or the Bhagavati Cult. The Velicchapad propitiates the Devee by incantations of terrific potency accompanied by dancing the ‘tantric worship is symbolically represented through geometrical figures – one of the most revered being the ‘Shree Chakra. The dance etches out the diagram of the ‘Shree Chakra’ by corresponding bodily movements thereby identifying with the ‘Mantravadi which was well presented by the dancers Dimple Nair, Vaidehi Rele, Saji Menon, Krishna Nayak and Unnati with elevating music rendered by Gireeshan’. 'Simha Vahini Srirajeshwari' in the Bharata Natyam portraying Durga was well performed by the dancers with powerful vocal rendering by Ambika Vishwanathan. On the whole a grand show of the universal goddess.

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