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‘Jagat Pavani Ganga’ to be premiered in the city on May 7

The holy river that originates in the Himalayas and flows through India and Bangladesh is celebrated for its economic, geographic and religious significance. Its beauty and spirit have inspired many artistic productions, the latest being ‘Jagat Pavani Ganga’. Conceived by Kala Sadhanalaya, the presentation is an amalgam of dance, music and theatre. “The aim is to create social, ecological and cultural awareness,” says senior dancer Revathi Ramachandran, who is the founder of Kala Sadhanalaya and choreographer of the work.

“Jagat Pavani Ganga is a production that is close to my heart as I strongly believe that art can be an effective medium to take across a message. I was inspired by Swamini Pramananda. Ganga has been an integral part of our history and our lives for millennia, but it’s time we took serious steps to protect it from pollution. The production will highlight the atrocities we are unleashing on the river,” adds Revathi.

It will premiere in Chennai on May 7 (6 p.m.) at Narada Gana Sabha before being staged across the country. Swami Omkarananda, who has engages in many social activities, will be the chief guest at the Chennai event.

The production portrays the mighty river’s glorious past and its present pitiful condition by combining various mediums, including Bharathanatyam, Carnatic music, Gadhwali music and dance, shadow play and theatre.

The concept has been provided by Swamini Pramananda of Purna Vidya Trust. Lalgudi G.J.R. Krishnan has composed the music while Sai Shravanam of Resound India has done the programming. Various other well known names from the performing arts industry, including Crea Shakthi (theatre group) and MacTrics (mime and body theatre group) are part of the production.

The show is open to everyone. Admit passes are available at GIRI (Mylapore, West Mambalam, Thiruvanmiyur), That Madras Place, Amma Nanna, Gangotree (Cathedral Road, T.Nagar, Anna Nagar, Adyar), Chamiers, Amethyst, Musee Musicals, Malgaadi, Lloyd’s Tea House (R.A. Puram), Murali Music Musical, Saptaswara Musicals and Naturally Auroville.

For details call, 91766 19355 or 94449 76715.

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