Kalakshetra Foundation & Lalgudi Trust present
Sambhavami Yuge Yuge Audio CD 
Music by
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi

March 16, 2018
 

 
 
CONCEPT NOTE: 
The dance production, Sambhavami Yuge Yuge is a unique retelling of the stories of the Vishnu avatars as told in the Srimad Bhagavatam. The production premiered at the Cleveland Aradhana Festival to packed audiences and rave reviews in San Diego and Cleveland last year. The Lalgudi siblings – GJR Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi – along with Bharatanatyam dancer Sangeeta Isvaran did not want to simply re-tell the stories of the avatars. “They have been told time and time again,” Vijayalakshmi says, “We wanted to bring to life the core learnings buried in these stories that have been forgotten, yet carry messages desperately needed for our times.”
 
Taking the guidance of renowned scholar, Dr Sudha Seshayyan,  Sambhavami Yuge Yuge is a powerful creation that reminds us that the struggle between good and evil happens within each and every one of us! The dance production brings new insights to each avatar -- that the way Hiranyaksha kidnapped and despoiled Bhoomadevi is nothing compared to how we are exploiting the earth today; that like Hiranyakashipu, we search the world for Narayana but not within us, where he resides; that when our egos grow there is no space for the divine; that for every Krishna that is born, so many other babies died - can we honor them too? All these stories weave together a compelling performance anchored in the timeless epic Srimad Bhagavatam.
 
The music of Sambhavami Yuge Yuge is a deeply philosophical narrative, made transcendental with the exquisite compositions of Lalgudi Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi! Using a variety of ragams and both vocal and instrumental music, the duo has created powerful landscapes of emotion that have been brought to life through intricate, dynamic choreography, fantastic costumes and masks -- a treat for the senses, the mind and the soul.

The audio CD of Sambhavami Yuge Yuge is a compilation of music based on the Srimad Bhagavatam, narrating the stories of the Vishnu avatars, composed specifically as a resource material for classical dancers. The CD is produced and marketed by Swathi Soft Solutions as part of its Sanskriti series.          
 



ABOUT THE ARTISTES   
 
Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi
In the context of classical violinists in India, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, occupy pride of place. Torchbearers of the venerable Lalgudi tradition, pioneered and nurtured by their father and guru Lalgudi G Jayaraman, the duo’s music is an interesting study in contrasts. Together, their music is classical but refreshingly contemporary; its form and feel is minimalist but at its core, it is intricately complex and layered; in its experience, the music is a celebration of both the beauty of duality and the appeal of individual identity.
 
Top ranking artistes of the All India Radio and with an array of titles and awards – Sangeeta Choodamani, the Kalki Krishnamurthy award, to name a few – the duo has also been recognized and acknowledged for a slew of eclectic musical articulations and experiments in music. Together, the duo has also composed music for dance productions like Veda Bharathi. Their musical trysts have taken them to far corners of the globe and with quiet dignity, allowing only their music to speak for themselves, the duo is undoubtedly the singular and among the most soulful ambassadors of the Lalgudi legacy.
                                                                      
Sangeeta Isvaran
Sangeeta has learnt Bharatanatyam from Kalanidhi Narayanan and Savithri Jagannatha Rao. She has researched into many performing and visual art traditions across the world, creating her unique Katradi technique of empathy based social transformation. For this she was honoured with the highest national award for young dancers, the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. She is an empanelled dancer of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations with a mandate for cultural diplomacy. She has also received several other national and international fellowships – Arts Network Asia, Asia Europe Foundation, Asian Scholarship Foundation, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Programme) – and awards – Kala Rathna, Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival; Prix de la Creation, Centre Culturel d’Enghien-les-bains, France; Vasantalakshmi Young Dancer award, India.
                                  
A passionate advocate for using art to create social change, Sangeeta has worked with the arts in education, empowerment and conflict resolution with many marginalised communities across the world, such as sex workers, street children, indigenous communities, landmine victims, people with disabilities, victims of caste and religious conflict and so on.
                                                                                  
For info: sathvika.aalaap@gmail.com / 99622 60372