The dance that moves the universe

A scene from the Sivanatya Vilasam  

Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma conceived a unique concept called ‘Siva Natya Vilasamu’ a compendium of apt compositions that go to narrate this concept related to his body movement during the tandava.

Kuchipudi dancer Devulapalli Uma choreographed the concept for the stage and presented it at Ravindra Bharati last week, which featured as many as 25 artistes. And the ballet was supported by D.S.V. Sastry providing vocal support and conducting dance as well with good nattuvangam. Pasumarthi Sayi Deepika was another vocalist. Rajagopalacharya on mridangam, Sivakrishna Swaroop on violin, V.B.S. Murali on flute and Rayaprolu Sudhakar on veena represented as many instrumentalists in divine world of Lord Siva.

The motive behind the ballet as conceived by the poet was just to show to the world that the dance of Siva keeps the universe in motion. His dance needs instrumentalists hence he takes the services of Brahma and Sarawati to provide veena support, Vishnu providing flute and so on. After a call from Kailasam, gods from Indraloka, Satyaloka and Vaikuntha arrive at Kailasam to provide support to Lord Siva. Brahma and Saraswathi too get a call.

Ramakrishna played the role of Lord Siva primarily meant to present dance. His jumps in between the movements were quite thrilling. Uma Devulpalli in the role of Siva’s consort Parvati gave a very pleasing dance joining Ramakrishna as Siva and the two gave a fine finish for the entire episode, sticking well to the concept.

Shanmukha Sarma’s compositions and their matching dances were well received by sizable audience.

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