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.

May 23:
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

May 24:
7.30pm: Mangala Isai Nadaswaram by Thirukarugavoor Bros. TK Ramanan & TK Saravanan
9pm: Inauguration of Mahotsav
9.30pm: PRAHLADA CHARITAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 25:
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



May 26:

9.30pm: HARISCHANDRA Part I Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 27:
9.30pm: HARISCHANDRA Part II Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 28:
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)

May 29:
9.30pm: RUKMINI KALYANAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 30:
9.30pm: VALLI THIRUMANAM Tamil opera

May 31:
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.

For info:
Mobile: 91 94431 27000
e-mail: melattur.bhagavatamela@gmail.com
Website: www.bhagavatamela.org