Naatyasamgraha - Chamber of Performing Arts, Hyderabad and Shilparamam is organising Vasant Ras & Pung Cholam by Jawahar Lal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy, Imphal on 19th April 2015 in Shilparamam Amphi Theatre.
Naatyasamgraha is an association of a group of Indian Classical Dancers from Hyderabad who have come together to support, nurture and nourish professional classical dancers in Hyderabad encompassing performance, teaching, learning, choreography / composing and research by means of promoting and presenting classical art forms by conducting various festivals, workshops, seminars, lecture demonstrations and conferences across the community, corporate and education stratum inland and abroad.
The key objective of Naatyasamgraha is put together collective resources and skills to augment, encourage and to develop a new level of camaraderie among the cultural ambassadors of traditional art forms in India in order to preserve, promote and present arts in its best flavor and color.
Naatyasamgraha was founded last year by nine artists of Hyderabad from Different Art Forms. Dr. Yashodha Thakore- President, Senior Kuchipudi and Devadasi Nrityam Artist, Geeta Ganesan- General Secretary, Senior Bharatnatyam Artist & Guru, Archana Karry- Joint Secretary, Bharatnatyam and Guru, Hari Mangalampalli- Treasurer, Bharatnatyam & Kuchipudi Artist & Guru
20 artists from Jawahar Lal Nehru Manipuri Dance Academy, Imphal are participating in this Vasant Ras & Pung Cholam
Raas is a highly evolved dance drama, which depicts the union of Lord Krishna with his female devotees, the gopis, and in particular, his consort-devotee Radha. The dance embodies the rich Vaishnavite tradition of Manipur. The themes of the dances centre around 'Krishna Leela' or the different episodes from Lord Krishna?s life. Vasant Raas, which is one of the most beautiful Raas Leelas, is celebrated on Chaitra Purnima, the full moon night in the month of Chaitra. (April - May). The dance depicts the eternal love of Radha and Krishna.
Pung Cholom dance is performed during the festival of Holi. Pung Cholom or Drum Dance is a visual interpretation of the various rhythmic patterns played on the pung. In this dance, the drummer identifies completely with the intricate rhythms he plays on the drum and expresses it through corresponding body movements and footwork. Pung Cholom is part of the music of the Sankirtan tradition and is acclaimed as one of the best art forms of the state.