If thoughts of Rama do not come by themselves to you, you should go where they are - at least once a year. Here is where you should be and what you should be doing this Sri Rama Navami.
On the occasion of Sri Rama Navami on 27th March, Shilparamam is organising some solo Kuchipudi dance recitals by Swati Somnath. The recital starts at 7:00pm and lasts about 1 hour and 20 minutes, and has been titled Sri Rama Nrithyamrutham.
Somnath will start the recital with a Ramayana Shabdam, complete from the birth of Rama to his crowning as King. This item involves a whole lot of jathis and some excellent footwork. This is followed by Thyagaraja's Sita Kalyana Vaibhavam which tries to explain the beauty of Sita, the breaking of the bow and the marriage to Lord Rama during her swayamvaram.
Next to come is Pibare Rama Rasam, about the highly touching affection of the old woman Shabari for Rama. Her gestures during Rama's visit to her hutment while in his exile days moved even Lord Rama.
The final item of the recital is Srikaramavu Sri Rama Namam. This recital is based on the 1974 hit movie Sri Ramanjaneya Yudham, where the lord and his utmost devotee are made to fight each other because of a miscommunication and misunderstanding.
The recital will be supported by Pasumarti Seshubabu with the nattuvangam, Garimella Gopalakrishna and Sirisha with vocals, Jayakumar Acharya on the mridangam, Murali on the flute, Pasumarti Phanibala on the violin, and Sudarshan with the make-up.
Swati Somnath doesn't need an introduction for music and dance-loving Hyderabadis. She is among the best dancers of the country, and is known for her abhinayas, footwork and choreography. She has choreographed some very famous ballets like Sarvagna Shankara, Draupadi and the Kamasutra.
Swati learnt under Kaushal, and had her rangapravesam at Ravindra Bharathi in 1980. Since then, she has made her presence felt with some wonderful recitals around the country and the world. She was felicitated on a number of occasions, including with the distinguished Kala Ratna Award in 2006, by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
For further details, please contact the venue at 2310-0455.