Jyothi Kalakshetram Weaves Magic In Nisarga Vaibhav

Tharsiya Reddy
Swaranjali, Geya Chakra, Yuvasre, Harshitha and Tanusri

Jyothi Kalakshetram, School of Arts students presented Nisarga Upanishad, a dance drama, illustrating the significance of nature at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, King Koti, in the week-long celebrations titled Nisarga Vaibhav held from 24 December 2022 to 30 December 2022. Guru Jyothi Reddy trained 19 students for the presentation of the two-hour event which was held on 28 December. The crux of the presentation was portraying Santana culture, which has always taught us to celebrate nature through festivals, right from welcoming seasons, harvesting and paying devotion to rivers, mountains and animals.

Tharishya Reddy, daughter and disciple of Jyothi Reddy, presented the first item of the morning Sri Ganapati Atharva Shirsha in Raga Malika and composed by Padma Shri Ella Venkateswara Rao. Tharishya set the ball rolling for the other items and the audience had a blissful experience watching the piece.

Young dancers, Ananya, Raaga, Devansha, Lakshmi Nanika, Sri Thanvi, Vyshnavi and Sri Vaisho Devi presented a small classroom play where they are learning dance also from nature through wonderful examples like how the dancers use hand gestures and dance moves like animals, birds, forest, and rivers.

Pragnya, Sreeja and Lalitha uniquely presented Surya Ashtakam, extolling the virtues of the Sun God. Tharishya Reddy, Pravalika and Lalitha Sri presented Dasavataram (ten incarnations) taken by Lord Vishnu to protect dharma and destroy evil. The dancers shared the avataras – Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (half-man; half-beast), Vamana (dwarf), Parasurama (the axe-wielder), Rama (the most noble of men), Krishna, Buddha and Kalki (destroyer of darkness) and exhibited great tempo and many sculpturesque poses in their presentation.

This was followed by Pushpanjali in Nattai Raagam, a salutation to the Lord of dance Nataraja, the guru, the musicians and the audience. This beautiful piece was well performed by Swaranjali, Geya Chakra, Yuvasre, Harshitha and Tanusri. While presenting Brahmam Okate (Laws of Nature are Universal, Swaranjali mesmerised the audience while depicting that all the beings in creation are one because the indwelling spirit in every creature is one and the same.

Tharishya Reddy, Pravalika and Lalitha Sri
Ananya, Raaga, Devansha, Lakshmi Nanika, Sri Thanvi, Vyshnavi and Sri Vaisho Devi

The Kuchipudi recital concluded with Tarangam, excerpts of Narayana Teertha’s Krishna Leela Tarangini, where dancers Sreeja, Sahasra, Pravalika, Pragnya and Mahima danced on the rim of the brass plate, rhythmically with great dexterity.

At the end of the programme, Jyothi Reddy thanked her mother Sujata Reddy, who has always been her pillar of support and Mother Earth for her journey in the Kuchipudi dance form.

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