Miracles of Krishna – Spectacular show in Bay Area

KrishnaLOS ALTOS, CA: Sri Krishna Leela dance ballet was yet another cap for Srimati Sneha Vivek, head of the Natya Ninada and a disciple of Guru Vidwan Chandrashekar Navada. The ultimate dream of producing the exciting dance production, “Krishna Leela” for Bay Area has become a reality, says Vivek, Sneha’s husband and organizer.

Spectacular Krishna Leela dance ballet was performed on Sept 28 at The SmithWick Theater, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA. “Karnataka Kalashri” Vidwan Chandrashekar Navada with his eight talented Bharatanatyam artists from India with Smt. Sneha Vivek and her trained team of artists delivered an evening of true delight.

In ancient Indian mythology many great people had taken birth and one of them was “Lord Krishna” who was the symbol of love. Undoubtedly, Sri Krishna is the most romantic God whom we all worship day in and day out. In Bhagavatham, the most interesting story is about Krishna’s birth and his childhood and we call this as Krishna Leela.

The conceptualization of using the sacred Srimad Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad Gita, to tell a compelling tale using different classical genres of ballet, drama, music and poetry hints at divine inspiration. The unique production celebrates Sri Krishna’s journey from birth to adulthood primarily through classical Bharatnatyam.

This show has been single handedly organized by Smt Sneha Vivek and was choreographed by Kalashree Vidwan K.Chandrashekara Navada. The show opened with traditional pushpanjali, followed by Devaranama – stories of Lord Vishnu such as Gajendra Moksham, Prahlada’s Bhakti and Drupathi Vastrabarna. This was followed by scintillating Shiva Navarasa Padam depicting the stories of Lord Shiva.

The second half of the show was the spectacular classical dance Ballet – Krishna Leela. It was a vibrant display of color, emotion, radiance and the blissful experience of love for God through dance. All the 14 artists took us through a divine journey into Sri Krishna’s life from birth to countless adventures from Putana Vadha, Kaliya Mardana, Chanura Vadha and Mushtika Vadha.

kriKalashree Vidwan Chandrasekara Navada played Kamsa and enthralled the audience with his priceless expressions and moves. He established Sri Natyanjali Kala Academy in 1985 to foster and promote Bharatanatyam. He is the recipient of many awards including the Bharatha award and prestigious Rajyothsava award.

Sneha Vivek adds, “This has been a wonderful journey to share our work and experiences with dancers from India”. This is a classic example of a prodigy offering a rathnamala, a garland of jewels, back to the Gurus in India as a gesture of gratitude.

The performers were Sandhya Rao, Anjali Nagabhushan, Malavika, Ranjani, K, Sandhya Rao Baglodi, Bhavya Bhajan, Sneha Vivek, Amrutha Rao, Sanika Vivek, Sathvik Vivek, Padmasri Ramineni, Ganesh Brahmavara, Ashok Upadhya.
Natya Ninada offers dance and music classes at Sunnyvale and Fremont.

Vidya Sethuraman
India Post News Service

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