Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam presents
77th Year Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav
May 17 - 27, 2017 Melattur

March 23, 2017

77th Year Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav organized by Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Jayanti Bhagavata Mela Natya Nataka Sangam headed by Guru S. Natarajan, is scheduled to be held on and from the 18 May 2017 at Melattur, near Thanjavur, Tamilnadu.

The great Bhagavata Mela tradition, a rare temple/theatre art in a unique blend of bhakti, music, dance and 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 Varadaraja Perumal of Melattur village as part of Sri Narasimha Jayanti Vasantotsav.


PRAHLADA CHARITAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam
The Bhagavata Mela Nataka Mahotsav 2017 features not only Bhagavata Mela natakams but many fitting events akin to Bhagavata Mela also. Every year the Mahotsav attracts large number of celebrities and aspirants in the field of classical dance, music, Sanskrit theatre, research scholars and tourists from many parts of India and abroad.
 
The splendour, exuberance and purity of purpose of this tradition are to be witnessed at Melattur to believe. 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 not to mention the pernicious odds and hardship in the way.

May 17:
9am: Poorvarangam - Aradhana at Sri Rudralayam, Sri Vigneswara temple, and Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple Sri Ganapathy homam, sri Lakshmi Narasimha aavahanam and homam, Maha Thirumanjanam, Mangala Aarathi amidst Naama Sankeertan, Veda Chanting, Samaarathanai.
7pm: Naama Sankeertan by Dr. Udayalur Kalyanaraman and troupe

May 18:
7pm: Mangala Isai - Nadaswaram by TK Saravanan (Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayakar Thirukoil asthana vidwan) and troupe
9pm: Inauguration of Mahotsav
9.30pm: PRAHLADA CHARITAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 19:
7pm: Bharatanatyam by students of Bhagavata Mela Vidyalaya, Melattur
7.30pm: Bharatanatyam by Member-Artistes of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India), Chennai




HARISCHANDRA Bhagavata Mela Natakam
May 20:
9.30pm: HARISCHANDRA Part I Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 21:
9.30pm: HARISCHANDRA Part II Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 22:
7pm: PERINI PANCHANGA, lec-dem and natyam by Kala Krishna, Hyderabad
8.30pm: Mandolin by child prodigy H. Vishwas
10pm: Kathakali NARAKASURA VADHAM by Prabal Gupta, Bangalore

May 23:
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam MARKANDEYA JANANAM-KALASAMHARAM

May 24:
7pm: Bharatanatyam by Venkat Subramanian, Chennai
8.30pm: Kuchipudi by Snehalata, Hyderabad
10pm: Bharatanatyam by Vadivudevi and disciples, Thanjavur

May 25:
9.30pm: RUKMINI KALYANAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam

May 26:
9.30pm: VALLI THIRUMANAM Tamil opera

May 27:
7pm: Sri Anjaneya Aradhana & concluding rituals Naama Sankeertan by Udayalur Balarama Bhagavatar & troupe and Bhagavata Mela Artists followed by procession of deity, Sri Nrusimha with His consorts. Nadaswaram by EDR Subramanian and Kerala panchavadyam

Venue: Sri Varadaraja Perumal Sannadhi, Melattur
All are welcome.

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