Raja-Radha Reddy and disciples, oldest to youngest, salute surya at Parampara
Parampara Series 2018 – National Festival of Music and Dance was held at the Kamani Auditorium on the 10th of August, 2018, by the Radha-Raja Reddy School of Dance, Natya Taringini. The entire Kamani Auditorium foyer and stage were bedecked with flowers, rangoli and brass urns.
On Day 1, Drs. Raja and Radha Reddy showcased their group choreography, ‘Suryam Pranamamyaham’. This performance and choreography were examples of the group’s hard work in rehearsals, technique and coordination, and it was also apparent, while talking to Yamini Reddy, how much research and thought had gone into the presentation.
In the ancient Hindu scriptures, the belief is that when there was no creation, no existence, neither death nor immortality, neither day nor night, when there was utter darkness, an egg materialized, in the middle of which Pitamah Brahma was present atop a lotus stem. When the egg burst and Brahma emerged, his principal head released Rigveda, the eastern head gave the Yajurveda, the western head gave the Samveda and the northern head gave the Atharvaveda. Rigveda gave the powerful sound of ‘Om’. Yajurveda gave out the second circle of reverberations of ‘Om’. The third round of ‘Om’ was from Samaveda and the final segment was from Atharvaveda. The following sounds were ‘Bhu’, ‘Bhuvaha’, and ‘Swaha’. The sum of these three echoes formed the Surya.
The depiction by the dancers of this very profound piece was as follows – dancers in black costumes encircling and enclosing Guru Radha Reddy as Brahma, representing the primeval egg. The dancers opened up with a jerk and Radhaji emerged in white as Lord Brahma. Three dancers joined her as the emerging Vedas, each of them performing a different wave-like movement with their hands, symbolising the reverberations of each of the Vedas. They would show the Om Bhu Bhuvaha Swaha.
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