Virutham, Abhinayam and Bharanatyam
I am specially addressing this letter o Usha Kamala and Savita, as they know Bharatanatyam and have other talented friends in this field.
You can also pass on this to Vishal, if you think it appropriate,
For the last few days, I have toyed with the idea as to how original and appealing a Dance major number would be, if someone amongst
you tried it on the stage after sufficient rehearsals. Virutham and Abhinayam.
First the sloka, to be rendered as a Virutham and Abhinayam and followed by a full lyric where Bharanatyam in its entirety can be performed.
Now, the sloka:
Vaame Bhage Dayaadra Himagirisuthaa
Chandanam Sar vagaathre
Moulou Gangaa Sasaankhau
Karacharanatale sheetalaah Bhujangaaha
Itham sheetam prabhootam
Kanakasabhaa naatha sodum khwa sakthihi
Chithe Nirveda thapte
Yadhi na bhavathi cheth
Nithya vaasaam madheeye.
The meaning in the same order:
On the left half (of your body) is the daughter of the snow-clad Himalaya mountain (unsufferably cold)who is very very sympathetical and kind hearted to devotees
the entire body is covered by sandal paste (cold again)
On your crest (head) are Ganga and the crescent Moon (both very cold)
Thus, suffering extreme cold on all fronts
O Lord of the kanakasabha (golden stage for your Cosmic dance)
Where is the strength and capacity for you ?I have, therefore , a suggestion (submission) for you to consider - if you have no objection -
My mind and heart are very much tormented by unberable troubles of the world and agreeably warm, and you can take your residence there, for ever.
I have tried to give the exact translation of the sloka to enable the dancer to choreograph the item, without missing any detail.
The sloka can be followed by one of the following songs to the accompaniment of naatyam:
The only point to be noted is that, since the sloka is on Lord Shiva, the song should also be on him:
Mahaadeva Siva Sambo (Revathy)
Sabhaapathikku veru daivam samaanamaghumaa (Abhogi)
Thiruvadi saranam enru naan nambhi vandhen (Khambhoji) are my suggestions.
The sloka can also be sung as a Ragamaalika, if there is an expert singer and accomaniments, The only thing is it should end with the
raaga in which the song selected is to be rendered, and there should be minimum gap between the end of the sloka part and the dancing part.
If Ragamaalika, you may consider Aarabhi, Sindhu Bhairavi, Sahaana or ,Bilahari. I have hummed and tried the sloka alone in all these ragaas,
hence the suggestion.
Any takers, please?