Monday, May 28, 2012

Ugadi Festival - Shivashtakam

March 23, 2012

Shivashtakam is a set of eight verses written by the greatest Hindu philosopher Adi Sankaracharya. This is a vigorous dance that brings out many karanas or the athletic side of classical dance that has been mentioned in the Natya Sastra.

This is the solo performance of Abhinaya. I could swear, Seetha ji was looking at her very closely
during the performance. hehehe. Oh well. No worries. She was like a celestial dancer!

Backgrounder: Lord Siva is adorned as the one with blue throat. As he was about to drink the poisons of the world (from the churned ocean) to save the living, his consort Parvati, stops the poison by his throat. The poison then turned his throat into blue. He wears moon as an ornament and also wears tiger skin as a dress. He also decorates snakes all over his body.

Shivashtakam is set to Mohana ragam and Khandachapu talam. Full recording below:

Sorry, I didn't get any photo for this performance. Chose to take a video of the entire thing! Even Kevin's post on this doesn't have one for Shivashtakam.

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