Murchhana: The Eternal Spirit of Music
Odissi by Sharmila Biswas and Odissi Vision & Movement Centre
Vivartana: Dance Transforms
Bharatanatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan & Troupe
The story of Murchhana has a mystic quality. It is unique in the way in which traditional artistes capture the inexplicable and infinite through very simple gestures and words. The first story describes Rambha and Brahma, discovering music in the newly formed universe. The next story is about the music arising from passion and the quest for everlasting youth. The last story is about the transformation of Tungavidya into Mrudanga, in the hands of Krishna.
Vivartana talks about dance being a multilayered powerhouse of transformation. Dance transforms us physically, emotionally, spiritually and culturally; it also has the capacity to eventually touch the world around us. As cited by expert journalist Shanta Gokhale, in Vivartana, noted Bharatanatyam exponent Rama Vaidyanathan proposes dance itself as a medium of transformation, fundamentally altering the relationship of the self with the other and the self with the self.
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