A Bharatanatyam and Odissi recital to remark Krishna Janmashtami by Thushyanthy and Gayathri will be presented on September 2 (Sunday) at Saraswathy Hall, No.75 Lorenz Road, Colombo 4, commencing at 6 pm.
Resettlement, Rehabilitation Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M Swaminathan is expected to grace the occasion as the chief guest. Stéphanie Périllard and Randel van Heerden, The Chargé d`Affaires a.i. of Switzerland, are expected to attend the recital as special guests. Entrance for the dance recital is free.
Janmashtami reminds us to live a life of prosperity. How can we cultivate a life of happiness for ourselves? What does the future look like? Why celebrate the birth of this particular deity? Let us look back and revise the beautiful feelings. Taking inspiration from the life of Shri Krishna - his power, wisdom and purity - and observe how our world looked with full of prosperity many years ago. Let us gain some practical tips to help us cultivate a life of prosperity during these present times where peace is lacking.
Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna and is celebrated with great enthusiasm by Krisha devotees. It is believed that Lord Vishnu reincarnated in the form of Lord Krishna on the auspicious day of Janmashtami. The verses in the Bhagavad-Gita state that whenever there is predominance of evil and decline of religion Lord Krishna will reincarnate as a human and eradicate evil and preserve the good. The main significance of Janmashtami is to encourage goodwill and to discourage bad. Krishna Jayanti also celebrates togetherness. The holy occasion brings people together, thus it signifies unity and faith. Every aspect of Krishna’s life is captivating no matter whether it is of an infant Krishna, Krishna’s life in Gokul, Krishna’s romance with Radha or assassination of cruel King ‘Kans`. A person who is spiritual never asks for material things. A deity wants his devotees to be conscious of their stage of inner spirit. Devotees are expected to use their will power to cultivate divine values for a prosperous life.
Thushyanthy is an enthusiastic Bharatha Natyam dancer and shares her experiences through a variety of creative performances and thematic presentations. She learned Bharatha Natyam from eminent gurus smt. Rathika Mahadeva (OZ) smt. Nalayini Rajadurai (UK) and at present under the guidance of Guru Prof. C.V Chandrasekhar (India). She has undergone training and attended seminars and workshops, conducted by experienced artistes. She has performed in thematic presentations such as `Sat Chit Anand`, `the story of a sculptor`, `Sathyam Shivam Sundaram`, `Raja Yoga and Natya`, `Shivamrutham`, `Bharatha Sankalpam`, `Ma, you are the Divine` Ananda Isai Narthanam etc. These performances were in Sri Lanka, India, and Malaysia. Her involvement in art to create harmony and peace was recognised and appreciated in one of the cultural collaboration event `Wir Sagen Danke` held in Switzerland.
Gayathri Gopal is an Odissi dancer from Singapore. She commenced her Odissi training under Raka Maitra in 2008. Ever since she has been part of many performances in Singapore choreographed by Raka Maitra, notably ‘you cannot look away’ at blackbox National Library and from the platform of ‘Rasas’ at Esplanade Theatre. She has also had the privilege of attending several workshops conducted by eminent exponents of Odissi such as Ratikant Mohapatra, Madhavi Mudgal and Daksha Mashruwala. Gayathri juggles multiple roles as a dancer, entrepreneur, craniosacral therapist and an actress. She holds a bachelors in business management and a masters in innovation from Singapore Management University. She was chosen as the best actress at the NEZ International film festival. Gayathri is currently setting up craniosacral therapy training institute and a new fitness concept in Colombo.
Thushyanthy presents the story of Lord Krishna when he entered the arena to confront the cruel king Kans.
Culture and tradition are not stagnant in its form and expanse. Just like pollen grains are taken around by the wind, culture, tradition and art forms have reached every corner of the world through its migrant diaspora.
This has paved way for the creation of many traditional artists outside their origin. These artists go through stringent and rigorous training in their respective art forms irrespective of being in one place. And through this art form and training they get closer to their roots and become ambassadors of that art form and culture. This is the story of Thushyanthy and Gayathri who are management professionals continuing their passion for dance through variety of performances.
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