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True to our tradition and continuous endeavour to support cultural programmes and performing arts, we are organizing a cultural extravaganza ' The Uthishta Utsav 2023' on 25th of February, 2023 at New Horizon Public School, Indiranagar, Bangalore. As part of the programme, we have arranged Folk Dances of Karnataka and Njaanapaana- A Dance Presentation by well-known artists in the respective area which we believe will entertain and enthuse the audience well during this cultural evening, Uthishta Utsav.
Vineeth, Lakshmi Gopalaswamy and Team
Folk Dances Of Karnataka
Dollu Kunitha by Kempe Gowda Janapada Kala team
Pooja Kunitha by Hanumantha nayak and team
Date: 25- February-2023 (Saturday)
Venue:New Horizon Public School
100ft Road, Indiranagar.
Folk Dances of Karnataka
by Kempe Gowda Janapada Kala team
Kempe Gowda Janapada Kala team has been conducting programmes for the last 20 years. This being an art form for the men of Karnataka, in the sense, it has to be performed with a lot of effort and energy. His team has been performing these programmes across all states for the last 20 years. According to Mahesh, as far as the origin of Dollu Kunitha is concerned, it is said that there was a demon named Dolla-asura. He prayed rigorously to Lord Shiva. In return, he requested Lord Shiva to grant him a wish. Dolla-asura swallowed Lord Shiva. After being swallowed by Dolla-asura, LordShiva grew in massive proportion inside the demon’s stomach. Being unable to bear the pain, Dolla-asura pleaded Lord Shiva to come out. Lord Shiva came out by tearing open the demon’s stomach, killing him in the process. Lord Shiva used the demon’s stomach and the skin to make the drum. The demon’s arms were used as sticks to beat the drum. The demon’s intestine was used to make the band wear the drums around the neck. Lord Shiva expressed his anger through this violent form of dance.
by Hanumantha nayak and team
A ritualistic dance form in praise of Shakti Devata or Goddess Shakti, Pooja Kunitha is predominantly performed in the Mandya, Chikmagalur and Mysore areas of South Karnataka. There are two variations of this dance which is always performed in the form of a procession. In the first type, four men carry the idol of the goddess or a kalash (sacred water pot) tied on top of a wooden plate which they carry on their shoulders. The other variation, however, has only one single person carrying the idol or kalash on a plate. Dressed in white dhooti and shirts, the performers smear their foreheads with kumkum (sacred ash) and adorn their feet with anklets (gaggara or bells) as they dance to the rhythm of drums tamates. (percussion instrument) Carrying the Kalasha over the head dance shows balancing steps, variety body movements could be seen and to the rhythmic tune moves forward and back word or sideways, Sometime performer himself take the tamate (percussion) and rhythmically produce the sounds. Half a dozen or more dancers create a colourful spectacle.
Njanapaana is a devotional poem written by the 16th century Malayalam poet Bhakthakavi Poonthanam Namboothirippad. Njanapaana is a darshanika kavyam or philosophical poem expressed in simple Malayalam for ordinary people. It is noted for its literary quality, the use of simple phrases, its philosophical strength and reflects Poonthanam's deep bhakti to Guruvayoorappan. Njanapaana consists of 360 lines of verse written in the pana metre of Malayalam poetry.Poonthanam Namboothiri, an ardent devotee of Shri Guruvayurappan, transforms his unbearable sorrow from his infant son’s death into a yogavishesham. He used this sad experience to build his Bhakti soudham or house of devotion and opens it for all devotees for all time. The line "unnikrishnan manasil kalikumbol,unnikal mattu venamo makkalai" (When the baby Krishna plays in one's mind, does one need one's own children?) expresses the poet's grief at the death of his child and his deep devotion to Guruvayurappan even in that grief-stricken state. Even though the language is very simple, this song of wisdom deals within it with the essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita. The dance presentation is in eight segments along with audio video support.
Music : Sharreth
Rlv Anjana Vishwanath
Light and sound engineer : Pradeep.
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