Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents
Tripura - Divine Feminine
Dec 19 - 27, 2014 Chennai
November 25, 2014

Bala Devi Chandrashekar presents TRIPURA - THE DIVINE FEMININE that extols the glory of Devi BalaTripurasundari and is inspired by the classic compilation ‘Tripurarahasyam’ and other allied texts. Bala is a senior disciple of Dr Padma Subrahmanyam and the artistic director of Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of Performing Arts Inc. (SPNAPA), a premier Bharatanatyam school in New Jersey. Bala constantly works on developing a style that is seamless and fluid while retaining the purity and precision of line typical of Bharatanatyam.

19th Dec, 6pm: Bhavan TAG Auditorium, Kilpauk
22nd Dec, 7pm: For Brahma Gana Sabha, Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, Mylapore
24th Dec, 7.30pm: for Kartik Fine Arts, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore
27th Dec, 9am: At TAG Center, Alwarpet

Sri Tripurarahasyam is a magnificent text of the ‘Saakta’ tradition that extols the glory of Devi Tripurasundari. This work is attributed to sage Sumedha (Haritayana) who composed it as initiated and instructed by Sri Parasurama. Originally Lord Mahadeva narrated to Sri Vishnu, and Sri Vishnu to Brahma. On the earth, it was narrated by Guru Dattatreya to Sri Parsurama. Lord Brahma instructs Sage Sumedha to compile the Tripurarahasyam, and narrate the same to sage Narada.  Tripurarahasyam has 12000 poems in three parts - Mahatmyakandam, Jnanakandam and Charyakandam.

Tripura refers to the Goddess of Supreme power who is worshipped as the self or atman. The opening Mangalanjali dwells on the beauty of the female energy in the form of ‘Bale’- a small girl, enchanting goddess and as ‘Amba’ - Mother, one who is unparalleled in Her compassion, then leads to the spectrum of feminine divinity manifested as Dashamahavidhyas.

The Thodayamangalam focuses on the concept of the Divine Feminine energy and vitality, residing along with Lord Shiva within us as consciousness and knowledge. A connection is drawn between the Srividya icon, the chakras in the human body, planets and zodiac signs (Rasi). The thalamalika Alarippu will represent the Sri Chakra icon culminating with the central point ‘bindu’ which is the storehouse of the universal energy, where the individual merges with Devi.

The Swarajathi is configured to represent the immaculate functioning of the universe. The Divine Shakti, Narayani represents the five activities of - creation, protection, dissolution, concealment and grace. She is the primordial energy, concept of Yajnopavitham - the Gayatri, coronated  queen of Parameshwara. Consort of Sankara, seated on Siva's lap, perceived through the Vedas and the Vedanta and is reflected through the worship of cow.

The Kesadhi Padha Javali in ragamalika brings out the shringara aspect of Goddess Tripura Amba. It reads she is the ocean of beauty protecting the universe with just by her side long glances depicting the nava rasa through shringara as "Kameshwara prana nadi."

The presentation concludes with the resounding message from the  Gyanakhandam of Tripurarahasyam in the form of a Dhrupad representing the Supreme Goddess Tripura, who is the flower spreading the fragrance of Vidya Gita or song of non dual knowledge. The Shiva Shakti union is portrayed as Pranava roopam - OM.