Kuchipudi Kala Kendra of Mumbai, together with the Department of Culture, is presenting Megha Sandesam, an Indian Classical dance drama, on 5th January, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The concept and screenplay are by G M Sarma, and the script and lyrics are by Mutnuri Sastry. The music is directed by D S V Sastry.
Megha Sandesam, originally Meghadhootam, is a lyrical poetry item written by poet Kalidasa, in which he beautifully describes the love messages (sandesams) passed through the clouds (meghas) by a Yaksha to his Yakshini. In the course of the dance, we are introduced to a loveable Siva Thandavam and Parvati's lasyam. Through the poem, the poet transports us through the geographical picture of ancient India and its locations, such as places like Himalayas, Kailasa, Alakapuri, Ujjaini, Ramagiri, Bhadragiri and Kamagiri.
Kubera curses a Yaksha for failing to provide him with flowers and other puja material to offer to Lord Siva and his consort Parvati. The Yaksha who stays away from his wife because of the curse sends a message to his wife through the passing clouds. The storyline is short but manages to present an imaginary picture of our country.
There are also descriptions of the birds and the nature of that era. The dancers try to project these scenes through apt mudras and movements of various classical dances of the country, such as Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Manipuri and Kathak.
Prof. Pasumarti Ramalinga Sastry takes over as a Kuchipudi dancer, while the description of the seasons is explained in Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam by Mandakini Trivedi and Vaibhav Arekar. The Dashavataras are portrayed in Odissi by Jhelum Paranjape, and the Brindavan Radha-Krishna dance is done in Manipuri by Darshana Jhaveri. The dances of Shiva and Parvati in Kailash are presented in Kathak by Raghavraj Bhatt and Mangala Bhatt.
Please contact the Department of Culture at 2323-3672/2323-1245 for further details.