Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Bharatha Natyam programme “Krishnaabhuvam” – Experiencing Krishna, by Sushila Mehta on Saturday, 8 th August, 2009 at 6 pm at its Auditorium.
Renowned Bharatanatyam exponent Susheela Mehta performed at the Bangalore International Centre auditorium on Saturday, 8 August. Her dance performance was based on Lord Krishna, set perfectly in the month of Shravana and a few days before Gokulashtami.
Celebrating Krishna in the various stages of his life, Susheela first described him as the adorable child, then going on to narrate an anecdote about his favourite sport – stealing butter. In describing Krishna and Yashoda’s love for him as she gazed upon her adorable son, Susheela’s abhinaya immediately brought alive the scenes, drawing the audience into the story. The first three pieces were set to Raag Des, “Paalana sajaaoon…”, “Hoon dai maare suta ki” and “Maiyya mori main nahi maakhan khayo”.
Speaking about Krishna as a study in contradictions “a dark child born in a dark hour to dispel darkness”, Susheela spoke about how all the elements came together to align into the most auspicious moment when Krishna was born. From his infanthood, Krishna grew to a charming adolescent. The next three pieces were introduced through extremely evocative abhinaya once again, with Susheela describing scenes of Krishna’s playful dalliance with the gopis while they celebrated holi, the yearning of the devotee to be soaked in His colour and the gopis adorning themselves in preparation for Krishna. The three compositions, rendered by Vidushi Smt. Minal Prabhu were Jayadeva’s Geeta Govinda “Lalita lavanga lata parisheelana”, “Kanha bharbhar maare pichakaari” and “Aaj sakhi gunjan mein raasa rachata hain”.
The last section of the performance comprised a composition by Surdas in Raag Madhuvanti followed by a piece in Raag Bhoopali. Here, Susheela described Krishna as the Divine dancer and musician, speaking of him as the Natavara or “the best of dancers”, comparable to Nataraj, the lord of dance. Krishna was also celebrated as the Saviour and Guru of the universe, as he single handedly saved Draupadi’s honour in the Kaurava court and recited what would be known as the Bhagvad Gita to a doubting Arjuna in the battlefield. Susheela’s depiction of the each scene was splendid, bringing the experience of Krishna, Krishna anubhavam, to the audience beautifully. Susheela was accompanied by Vidwan Shri Dayakar on the violin, Vidwan Shri Harsha Samaga on the mridangam and Vidushi Smt. Minal Prabhu on vocals and nattuvangam.