Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam
Presents 75th Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav
May 7 - 21, 2015 Melattur

April 4, 2015

The 75th Year Platinum Jubilee & Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav is to be held on and from the 7th May 2015. The centuries old Utsav is held annually with religious fervour in the sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja - the deity of Melattur - as part of celebration of Sri Nrusimha Jayanti.
 
The ritualistic Bhagavata Mela tradition, a Telugu Heritage nurtured in Tamil country, richly deserves a vast support from the art world. Came into being as a result of Bhakti movement about 400 years ago, it is not far different from the Kuchipudi Bhagavata Mela.
 
The Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav 2015 features not only Bhagavata Mela natakams but many fitting events akin to Bhagavata Mela also. Celebrities in the field of classical dance, music, Sanskrit theatre, research scholars and tourists throng the village during the Bhagavata Mela. The splendour, exuberance and purity of purpose of this tradition are to be witnessed at Melattur to be believed. Preserved in pristine purity as a true temple-art with no commercial interests, this great theatre-art, considered as the only surviving link in Tamil Nadu today that connects us to the ancient Sanskrit theatre, struggles for survival.


Prahlada Charitam

Harischandra natakam

Venue: Sri Varadaraja Perumal Sannidhi, Melattur, Tamilnadu
Dates: May 7 21, 2015
All are welcome

SCHEDULE
7 May, 2015 (Thu)
Venue: Sri Dakshinamurthi Vigneswara temple
9:30am: Sri Vigneswara Aaradhana

8 May, 2015 (Fri)
Venue: Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple
9:30am: Unchavritti & Naama Sankeertan by Kumbakonam Ananthanarayana Bhagavatar, Homams, Vedic chanting, Maha Thirumanjanam, Mangala Arathi

6pm: Sahasra Deepam, Sandal paste Kavacham, Kalyanotsavam & procession of Sri Nrusimha Murthi.

9 May 2015 (Sat)
8:45am: Nadaswaram by Injikudi EDR Subramanian & Party
10:35am: Felicitation of Bhagavata Mela artists & associates

6:30pm: NAAMA SANKEERTAN by Udayalur Kalyanaraman
8:15pm: Carnatic Vocal by R Vedavalli

10 May 2015 (Sun)
6:30pm: Inauguration of Platinum Jubilee & Bhagavata Mela Mahotsav
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam PRAHLADA CHARITAM

11 May 2015 (Mon)
6:30pm: VANDE GURU MASHRAYE, Natyanjali by disciples (1983 - 2001) of Melattur Natarajan
7:30pm: ABHAI (Association of Bharata Natyam Artistes of India, Chennai) presents Bharatanatyam by Divyanjali, Chennai (Guru: S Divyasena) & Parashah Group featuring Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N Srikanth & Aswathy Srikanth.

12 May 2015 (Tue)
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam HARISCHANDRA (Part 1)

13 May 2015 (Wed)
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam HARISCHANDRA (Part 2)

14 May 2015 (Thu)
7pm: VAALI MOKSHAM, Yakshaganam by Sri Idagunji Mahaganapati Yakshagana Mandali, Gunavante, Karnataka led by Shivananda Hegde
8:30pm: SATTRIYA by Abhinaya Dance Academy, Guwahati, Assam led by Anita Sharma

15 May 2015 (Fri)
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam DRUVA CHARITAM

16 May 2015 (Sat)
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam USHA PARINAYAM

17 May 2015 (Sun)
7pm: BHAMA KALAPAM, Kuchipudi Bhagavata Melam by Venkata Naga Chalapati, Kuchipudi

18 May 2015 (Mon)
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam HARI HARA LEELA VILASAM

19 May 2015 (Tue)
8pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam SEETHA KALYANAM

20 May 2015 (Wed)
8pm: Tamil Isai Natakam VALLI THIRUMANAM

21 May 2015 (Thu)
7pm: Concluding Day, SRI ANJANEYA AARADHANA featuring Naamasankeertan by Udayalur Balarama Bhagavatar, followed by procession of deity, Sri Nrusimhamurthi with His consorts.

Contact:
S. Natarajan
President & Chairman, Artistic Director 
63-64, South Street, Melattur 614 301, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu
Phone: +91 94431 27000
E-mail: melattur.bhagavatamela@gmail.com