We present to you one of Kuchipudi’s beloved treasures, a unique gem from the archives of the great temples of South India - the ritualistic dance SIMHANANDINI. This beautiful piece sings the glory of the magnificent Goddess Durga, who, seated on her majestic lion, is ready to conquer all evil and grant victory to all that is good. The dancer draws the figure of a lion with her feet, on coloured powder, as an offering to the Divine Mother.
- Tracing the evolution of Simhanandini- Origin & History - Codifying the six talas seen in the Simhanandana tala through Sanskrit verses - A verse on the Devi in the Simhanandana Tala - A Jati in the Simhanandana tala for the drawing of the lion - Simhanandini Chitra Natyam - Dance presentation
Bonus Features Preparing the white screen for drawing Drawing of the lion on coloured powder & the white screen Demonstration of the Simhanandana Tala
Guru M.Vasanthalakshmi is the disciple , dancing partner and life partner of Guru Sri.M.V.Narasimhachari. Travelling far and wide as cultural ambassadors of India, they have showcased the richness and glory of their motherland as performers and teachers of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. Vasanthalakshmi is a gifted lyricist, choreographer and much acclaimed Nattuvanar. The Charis are recipients of several prestigious awards like the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Kuchipudi, the Kalaimamani, Nrithychoodamani, Nritya Ratna , to name a few. Kalasamarpana Foundation, (www.kalasamarpana.in) their academy founded in 1969, has to its credit, generations of dancers who in turn have established their own institutions all over the world.