Children-disciples of well-known dancers unite for Rasoham’s ‘Pallaki Seva Prabandhamu.’

For these 25 dancers from Gen Next, life has been one long artistic journey. For, they are children of performing artists and life has pretty much revolved round classical dance. Now, they are pooling all their talent to share the stage and present the Thanjavur ruler, Shahaji’s celebrated opera, ‘Pallaki Seva Prabandhamu’ on November 24, 5 p.m., at the Narada Gana Sabha.

The production is presented by Rasoham, a private registered cultural trust, run by Lavanya and Lasya Mavillapalli, the daughters and disciples of the well-known dancing couple, Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi. Talking about the second edition of Rasoham’s Unity Concert Series (RUCS), Laysa says with obvious pride, “This production brings together over 50 dancers, musicians, designers and technicians from different schools of art and dance. Two classical styles - Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi – will be showcased here.”

She explains, “We felt that the children who are also disciples of eminent gurus, can take the idea of unity to a different level, reinforcing that art unifies us this way. We come from different styles of dancing and yet these stylistic differences blend seamlessly to bring forth a fresh idiom, when we all take the stage. Also, this opera gives all the dancers equal and ample scope to perform.”

Written in chaste Telugu and replete with mellifluous music, the choreography has been set by Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi. The story revolves round Goddess Parvathy longing for a union with her Lord. After several attempts and requests from her sakhis, the Lord concedes and seated in an exquisitely decorated pallaki (palanquin), Siva meets Parvathy, and their union is celebrated with great pomp.

Keeping with Rasoham’s spirit of integrating folk traditions in such classical productions, “Pallaki…” will have elements of Tholu Bommalaata (shadow puppetry) to enhance important portions of the narrative, with master trainer, Selvaraj Naidu, a well-known paramparic shadow puppeteer, at the helm.

Also, a documentary titled ‘The Making of Rasoham’s Unity Concert Series 2013’ is being shot to highlight this unique combination of parent/child-teacher/disciple parampara. Incidentally, this show is being supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

The Narasimhacharis dedicate this programme to the great musicologist, Prof. P. Sambamurthy. But for his efforts, Shahaji’s opera would not have seen the light of day. It was under his expert guidance that the Narasimhacharis presented excerpts from this opera first more than three decades ago. And now his daughters are carrying forward a legacy…

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