After ‘Aranganin Padhaiyil,’ Darshanam Art Creations’ new production, is titled ‘Srinivasam Prapadye,’ the story of Tirumala and Sri Venkateswara. Starting with the discovery of the image of Srinivasa from an anthill by a Thondaman King some 2,000 years ago, the multi-media dance production will combine Vedic literature, history and folklore.
Presented by V. Lakshmikumaran and V. Sridharan, ‘Srinivasam Prapadye’ took shape after 10 months of research, including study of inscriptions and temple documents. The concept and direction are by Dushyanth Sridhar and Asha Krishnakumar. Senior Bharatanatyam artist Jayanthi Subramaniam has choreographed the production with Chitra Madhavan providing historical inputs. Music has been composed by Rajkumar Bharati and the lyrics are from Vedic literature including Nalayira Divya Prabandham, Silapathikaram, BhuSuktham, Taitriya Upanishad, Daya Satakam, Annamaiyya’s kritis and Ashtapadi. Soundscape and audio design are by Sai Shravanam.
The production is divided into five distinct scenes, each having two parts, one based on history and the other from the Puranas.
Among the highlights is the Pancha Jathi Thillana, composed by Rajkumar Bharathi to portray the wedding of Padmavati and Srinivasa.
Rajkumar has also sung a couple of Pasurams of Kulasekara Alvar, which echo Ramanuja’s deep devotion for Srinivasa.
This production is also a tribute to Ramanuja (1000th birth anniversary this year); Vedantha Desika (750th anniversary next year) and M.S. Subbulakshmi (100th birth anniversary this year).
The production will premiere on July 23 (6.30 p.m.) at The Music Academy.
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