Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nrityayatri brings Choodamani Pradanam


PUNE: Nrityayatri is bringing the saga with the next episode of the Ramayana – Choodamani Pradanam. This follows the previous episode, Jatayu Moksham, where Sita is abducted by Ravana and Jatayu is being killed while he tries to save her.

This vintage dance drama will held at Balgandharva Auditorium on 22nd November 2019, 6.45 pm. At least 40 artists from Chennai will participate in Choodamani Pradanam. The Vintage dance drama is a production by The Kalakshetra Foundation, established by the Legendary Guru Rukmini Devi Arundale in 1936. Revathi Ramchandran (Director, Kalakshetra Foundation) will also be present at this event. Meghana Sabade (Founder, Nrityayatri Foundation, informed about this dance drama through a press release.

In Choodamani Pradanam, the story continues – where we see episodes like Rama lamenting for Sita – Rama & Lakshmana meet Hanumana on the way – Vali Sugreeva battle – the coronation of Sugreeva – Hanumana flying over the Bay of Bengal to Lanka in search of Sita – Ravana’s encounter with Sita in the Ashokvanam – meeting of Sita and Hanumana – burning of the Lanka – handing over Sita’s choodamani to Rama.

The artistry of this dance drama lies in the simple yet classic backdrops depicting the different locations, forests and bay -the use of Kathakali for the vaanarsena (monkey clan) - the sea green colour costumes depicting the water life - Ravana’s fury - Sita’s helplessness – and the wickedness of Rakshasis. The brilliant music score is by the maestro late S. Rajaram.

Choodamani Pradanam will be presented on 22nd Nov at 6.45 pm at Balgandharva Rangamandir, Pune. Nrityayatri invites all to experience the extravagance.


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