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.
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.
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
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
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: 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
9.30pm: Bhagavata Mela Natakam MARKANDEYA JANANAM-KALASAMHARAM
7pm: Bharatanatyam by Venkat Subramanian, Chennai
8.30pm: Kuchipudi by Snehalata, Hyderabad
10pm: Bharatanatyam by Vadivudevi and disciples, Thanjavur
9.30pm: RUKMINI KALYANAM Bhagavata Mela Natakam
9.30pm: VALLI THIRUMANAM Tamil opera
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.
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