Monday, May 28, 2012

Ugadi Festival - Gajavadana Beduve

March 23, 2012

Gajavadana Beduve starts with the dancers going in a circular pattern on the stage.

This formation was repeated several times

According to Indian theatrical tradition, the Ashtadikpalakaas, the eight gods of directions, is prayed to in order to calm and pacify them.

The preceding deity of this song is Ganesha, the elephant headed god. He is the son of Parvati and Siva. He is ekadantam, or the one with a single tooth, and has a huge body. He loves to eat modakam or sweets.

Can you see the bend and the line created by their bodies?

This popular piece is written by Purandaradasa and is set to Hamsadhwani ragam and Adi talam. Full recording below:

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