Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam presents
76th Year Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav
May 23 - 31, 2016 Melattur
April 28, 2016
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam presents 76TH YEAR BHAGAVATA MELA NATAKA MAHOTSAV from May 23 to 31 at Melattur, Tamilnadu.
The great Bhagavata Mela tradition, a rare temple/theatre art in a unique blend of bhakti, music, dance & drama in vogue over 4 centuries, is the only surviving link today in Tamil Nadu that connects us with the ancient Sanskrit theatre. The Bhagavata Mela natakams, composed in chaste Telugu by Melattur Venkatarama Sastry (1743-1809 A.D), are performed annually, in adherence to the Natya Veda, in the sannidhi of Lord Sri Varadaraja Perumal of Melattur village as part of Sri Narasimha Jayanti Vasantotsav.
9am: Poorvarangam - Unchavritti, Naamasankeertan (by Kumbakonam Ananthanarayana Bhagavatar & troupe), Veda Chanting, Gata Sthapanam & Homam, Maha Thirumanjanam, Mangala Aarathi, Samaarathanai.
6.30pm: "Arayar Sevai" by The President of India awardee, Thiru Narayanapuram "Arayar Sri Rama Sarma"
7pm: Carnatic music by Chitra Bilvam, Vittala Rangan (violin), Thanjavur G Sankara Subramanian (mridangam), Sekar (kanjira).
9pm: Naama Sankeertan by Dr. Udayalur Sri Kalyanaraman
7.30pm: Mangala Isai – Nadaswaram by Thirukarugavoor Bros. TK Ramanan & TK Saravanan
9pm: Inauguration of Mahotsav
9.30pm: PRAHLADA CHARITAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam
6.40pm: Kuchipudi dance by disciples of Nemalikanti Suvarnalaha, Hyderabad
7pm: Bharatanatyam by students of Bhagavata Mela Vidyalaya, Melattur
7.30pm: Bharatanatyam by Member-Artistes of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India), Chennai
9.30pm: HARISCHANDRA – Part I Bhagavata Mela Natakam
9.30pm: HARISCHANDRA – Part II Bhagavata Mela Natakam
7pm: Bharatanatyam by disciples of Padma Ganesh, Chennai - Subashree (grand-daughter of Melattur S Gopala Bhattachariar & artiste-colleagues)
8.30pm: Bharatanatyam by Kavya Kasinathan (disciple of Mithun Shyam, Bengaluru)
9.30pm: RUKMINI KALYANAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam
9.30pm: VALLI THIRUMANAM Tamil opera
6.30pm: "Hindu Marriage Songs" by Marabu Foundation, Thillaisthanam (conceived & directed by Dr. Rama Kousalya)
8pm: Sri Anjaneya Aradhana & concluding rituals - Naamasankeertan by Udayalur Balarama Bhagavatar & troupe and Bhagavata Mela Artists followed by procession of deity, Sri Nrusimha with His consorts.
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