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Pravara Varudhini

Pravara Varudhini is an event that took place on 15-Dec-2000 in Hyderabad.
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In an age when the Himalayas have become a maze in which people get lost never to be found again, leaving behind all the love they can ever get in their lives, leave it to the arts to talk of times when getting lost here could mean finding the love of one's life, and explore more intriguing myths. Danseuse Swathy Somanath and her disciples of Nrithya Bharathi staged a romantic myth, tracing the origin of the first 'Manuvu'. Titled "Varudhini Pravarakhya", this Kuchipudi recital explored the range of emotions that constitute love and deception. Chaitanya Arts Theater presented this drama of love, lust and betrayal.

Here is a graceful, celestial damsel, Varudhini, who wanders in the Himalayan mountains and gets transported into its beautiful streams, trees and flora and fauna. And in an idealistic mood, she faces her dream lover, Pravarakhya, and expresses her desire to unite with him. Swathy, as the heroine Varudhini, personifies a crestfallen maiden when Pravarakhya (donned by a tall dancer, Aparna) rejects her proposal, for he remains devoted to his wife, and apparently returns to her from his expedition in the Himalayas. Before Varudhini recoils into her sorrow, Pravarakhya appears again and surprisingly expresses her love for her.

However, this turns out to an elaborate deception on the part of the man, as he is a Gandharva (a semi-celestial being who desires her and fulfills his lust), in the guise of Pravarakhya, but then she is already bearing his child, the first 'Manuvu'. Many more dancers, like Sushma (as Pravarakhya's wife), Suyodhan (as the Gandharva) and Karthik (as the sage in the Himalayas), apart from a host of supporting dancers, participated in this recital. The theme had excerpts and poetic scenes from the 'Manu Charitram', and was scripted by Acharya Tirumala, with interesting and poignant dialogues between the hero and the heroine.

Musical support from the wings came from Nattuvanar Gopala Krishna, vocalists Kanna Rao, Sweta and Saujanya, percussionist Sridharachari, violinist Ashok and flutist Murali.
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