for Ugadi in London
June 29, 2006
The dance presentation by Ragasudha Vinjamuri during Ugadi celebrations organized by Telugu Association of London on April 2, 2006 at Redbridge Town Hall started with the Pushpanjali- offering of flowers to Goddess Parvati as an invocation and an Ode to the audiences. Goddess Parvati, consort of Lord Shiva is known by many other names like Akhilandeshwari, Rudrani, Bhavani, Parameshwari etc. Shiva and Parvati unify numerous attributes and functions of various divine forces.
Pushpanjali was followed by a composition of Dayananda Saraswati, Bho Shambho in Revati Raga, which hails Lord Shiva who manifested himself and is the source of mighty river Ganges, the merciful lord who redeems us from the ocean of sorrow, who is beyond time and timelessness, beyond truth, beyond all finite things, the blissful and wondrous Lord Shiva, revered and prayed by the sages and saints, the one whose graceful cosmic dance enthralls everyone.
Om in Sanskrit means that which hath no Beginning or End. The instrument in Shiva’s hand represents the Shabda “Om” from which all languages are formed. The snakes all over his body are symbolic of the mental powers under the control of divinity. The Moon symbolises mind in a state of tranquility and purity. Shiva/Shambhu is the source of blessings.
Among the dignitaries present were the Chairman of European Telugu Association and the Secretary of Andhra Telugu Association. The guest of honor was Mr. Kesava Rao, honorable MP from the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Ragasudha learnt Bharatanatyam at Thyagaraja College of Music and Dance in Hyderabad under guru Uma Rama Rao. Apart from performing and teaching dance, her cultural and literary pursuits include reviewing Indian cultural programs for the media.