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Summer@Eastman: From Global to Local, a Musical Journey, with Caroline Reyes

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  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Monday, July 21, 2014
  • Time:
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Event Description





From Global to Local, a Musical Journey with Caroline Reyes


Selections will be announced from the stage of the following

South Indian dance and musical selections:


Bharata Nrityam


Shiva Stuthi and Nataraja Kauthuvam                                               

Red Sun                                                                                              

Mamava Sada janani                                                                          

Dhithithaara dhithithai dhithith tai dhitaidhithai thaga tai tai tom    


Cosmic dancer                                                                                    


Bharata School of Indian Dance and Music

Parvatha Chidambaram, director


Bharata Nrityam (popularly known as ‘Bharata Natyam’) is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles in India. It is also the National Dance of India. One of the oldest dance forms, this is a 20th century reconstruction of the art of temple dancers. Considered poetry in motion, the dance form is full of unfettered rhythmic movements and expressions, devotional in spirit, while being highly stylized and sophisticated in technique. It lends well to experimental and fusion choreography due to its wide range of movements and postures, and is well balanced with rhythmic and mimetic aspects. The dance aims at both Bhakthi (devotion) and Mukthi (salvation).


Ganesha – Dance piece dedicated to the endearing elephant headed Hindu God ‘Ganesha’ whose benevolence brings success to all. His elephant head symbolizes wisdom. The trunk represents the cosmic sound of creation (the ‘OM’); the broken tusk symbolizes sacrifice; his human body signifies the earthly existence of human being; and he holds a sweet modak in his trunk symbolizing the inherent joy of the human soul.


Shiva Stuthi and Nataraja Kauthuvam – This is a piece of praise for the cosmic dancer, Nataraja (Shiva). Nataraja dances ‘the dance of bliss’ within an arch of flames that represents the universe. His upper right hand holds a small drum, whose sound represents creation, while his right hand holds fire, signifying destruction. Nataraja dances on the demon Apasmara who symbolizes Shiva’s victory over ignorance.


Red Sun – He is self-luminous and sustains all with his rays. He nourishes and energizes the inhabitants of all the worlds as well as the host of Gods and demons by his rays. “Aditya Hridayam” is a narration given by Sage Agastya to Lord Rama, to energize him in the battle to fight against the Demon King Ravana. Aditya means ‘Sun’ and Hridayam means ‘heart’ or ‘the essence’. The dancers portray the significance of the verses with group formations, known as PINDIS in dance parlors.


Mamava Sada janani – “Oh Mother! The destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, you always protect me. Your face shines like that of the moon. Your glances shower boons on those who serve you. Your eyes put to shame the pride of lotus petals. Your soft smile bewitches the hearts of Sages. You are the wish fulfilling tree to those who worship you. Oh the daught of mountains! Oh sister of Padmanabha! Lead us to true happiness.”


Dhithithaara dhithithai dhithith tai dhitaidhithai thaga tai tai tom – A chorus that rejuvenates the mighty oarsmen as they sail their snake boats to victory which seems to be a typical scene in Kerala. The interesting element is that the song had a utilitarian value. It helped break the monotony and offered respite from the exhaustion that oarsmen experienced while rowing the massive boats.


Rhythm – Called as ‘Thillana’ in the dance parlor, it is a fast-paced piece, where the dancer explores the extent of strong kinetics. It requires exemplary skills in terms of rhythm, timing, and synchronization in order to radiate the unique performance charm associated with it. It includes pure musical notes or ‘Swaras’ and poetic verse ‘Sahitya’. The verse sung here are in praise of Lord Krishna.


Cosmic dancer – In South Indian tradition, this is dedicated to the creator and protector of the universe, who is the greatest among Gods, the three-eyed supreme where the third eye signifies the giver of knowledge by destroying ignorance. The ‘Cosmic dancer’ is the annihilator of all the three worlds, the conqueror of death, the Lord of all—Shiva.


Hanuman – “Cleansing the mirror of my mind with the Lotus-feet of Divine teachers, I describe the unblemished glory of Lord Rama, who bestows righteousness, wealth, pleasure and liberation onto us,” says the poet. “Oh Son of wind god, remover of difficulties, the epitome of strength and devotion – we pray to thee.”

-          Parvatha Chidambaram

7:30 pm - Kilbourn Hall

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