Video Clips of My Bharathanatyam Dance
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Here the dancer uses hand gestures and facial expressions (Hallmarks of classical Bharathanatyam dance) to convey that she is offering traditional prayers to Lord Shiva, the cosmic dancer
Ragam: Hamsadwani Thalam: Adi
This dance is in praise of Lord Ganesha. He is the remover of all obstacles. Devotees pray to him and seek his blessings before commencing anything auspicious.
(Ragam: Revati Thalam: Adi)
Here the dancer, pleads with the Lord to bless her to attain salvation. This item eulogizes Lord Siva. He is adorned with the river Ganges in his matted hair. He is Shankara and Karunakara the ever merciful. The devotee says please remove me from the cycle of birth and death and grant me salvation. The lord is described as pure, the ultimate truth and the one who has no beginning or end. He is present in the pancha boothas or five elements – fire, air, water, sky and universe. He is Nataraja, the Lord of dance and is worshipped by all.
(Ragam: Malika Thalam: Malika)
This is traditional dance performed at the beginning of a Bharathanatyam recital. Among the Hindu trinity, Vishnu is considered to be the preserver of the Universe. In this piece, Lord Vishnu is described in his various forms or avatars. The dance begins by praising Rama, the consort of Sita. He is the one who vanquishes all demons and is praised by gods, seers and devotees alike. We next see him as Narasimha – the half-man and half-lion form that he takes to protect his ardent devotee Prahalada from the clutches of his evil father. He is also Lord Venkateshwara, residing in the seven hills in Thiruapathi with his consort Alamelumanga thayar, bestowing boons on his followers. Finally, we see him as Krishna the most celebrated god in our mythology. This is in Raga Malika, set to Tala Malika. Ragamalika means a garland of ragas or tunes. More than one raga or melody is combined in this piece. Talamalika means that more than one rhythmic time cycle is used. This item is in praise of Lord Rama. The other gods eulogized are Lord Krishna, Lord Narasimha and Lord Venkateswara.
This is a folk song "Tandana Padam" preaches equality among all the individals.
(Ragam: Bowli Thalam: Adi)
Annamacharya, the Saint-Composer was born in the year 1408. He hailed from TALLAPAKA, a village in Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh in INDIA. He composed 32,000 Sankeertanas (devotional songs) and dedicated them to Lord Venkateswara. • Saint Annamacharya is the first" VAGGEYAKARA" (a person who can compose lyrics, music and sing) of Telugu Literature. • He sang only for the pleasure of the Almighty and to convey the message for the up-liftment of mankind, unmindful of material gains.
"Tandana padam" is a philosophical song that preaches equality among all the individuals. Tandanana is a word giving the punch of rhythm in the song. In the eyes of the Lord, there is no disparity between people who belonged to the privileged or the lower caste. Everybody is equal in His eyes. Be it an elephant or a dog, the sun shines alike on both of them. For the good and the bad, Lord Venkateshwara alone is "The Savior".
The dancer thanks God, the Guru, the musicians, and the audience for the successful completion of dance recital.
Vaaythari' (best described as vocal rhythmic beats). Examples are highlighted in the following two videos.