– Ravi Shankar Sepuri
Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams, Tirupati celebrates Annual Brahmotsavam festival every year the during the Mahalaya Ammavasya period, which is coincidental with the Dasara Festival. It is legendary the Brahma started the Annual Festival at Tirumala for Lord Venkateswara and this is the only festival for Lord Venkateswara. This festival is celebrated for 10 days.
In commemoration with the Srivari Annual Brahmotsav Festival, Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams also organize Dharmic, Cultural, Discourses, Dance and Music Programs at three places. In Asthanamandapam – Pilgrims Amenities Complex in Tirumala and in Annamacharya Kalamandiram and Mahati Auditorium in Tirupati.
It is indeed a great gesture and yeomen service by of the Tirumala Tirupati Devastanams for conducting cultural programs during the Srivari Annual Brahmotsavam festival. Such programs not only befit the festival ambiance, but also help in promoting the continuance of the rich tradition of our land and spread the gospel of love and peace through out.
Annamacharya, the great poet saint of the 15th century is embodiment of Divine love and simplicity. Through his songs he has spread the gospel of divine love and fortified the Bakthi Yoga. It is believed that the great master’s lyrics, tune and the song in total impressed Lord Venkateswara especially his “ Laali Patta” (Thallattu) where it is legendary that Lord Venkateswara fell asleep listening him sing “ Laali Patta”.
Dance is a blended totality of sound, rhythm movements, postures, expressions, lyric etc., and the totality is achieved in the witness of the dance.
As per the legend, Lord Vishnu smiled as He was resting on Adi Shesha. Reacting to this smile, Adi Shesha enquired Lord Vishnu as to the reason for His smile. Lord Vishnu said that he was enjoying the dance of Lord Shiva. Adi Shesha overwhelmed by the enjoyment of Lord Vishnu got tempted to see the dance of Lord Shiva. As Adi Shesha expressed his wish to see the dance of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu readily agreed to grant his wish with a condition that Adi Shesha is born as human on the earth since he had a desire. Accordingly Adi Shesha was born on the earth as sage Pathanjali. On his request Lord Shiva danced in Chidambaram and further to his request stood facing south as Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram. And Lord Vishnu in the form of Ranganatha on Adi Shesha was consecrated facing east; next to Lord Nataraja’s sanctum to ever witness the divine dance. Pathanjali also established a set of principles and rules for blending dance with raga and bavas. It is also believed that Lord Brahma handed over the fifth Veda to Sage Bharata to popularize it. For this, he wrote the Natya Shastra, which is a comprehensive work on the techniques of classical dance.
If it is Natyanjali, the life aspired function for any artist in Tamil Nadu, it is Brahmotsav Festival for the same in Andhra Pradesh.