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Shiva, The Cosmic Dancer wows audience
As a prelude to Divali Day, two shows were held on Saturday and Sunday, entitled, Shiva, The Cosmic Dancer, to celebrate the Hindu God, Lord Shiva’s role as the cosmic dancer. Hundreds of patrons from throughout the country attended the show, which was held at Queen’s Hall. There were scores of visitors from abroad in attendance, who came just for Divali, among them Chrisendaye Ramsoobhag from Texas, USA, who was extremely delighted and was in awe of T&T’s creativity and talent on stage with movie-type precision.
Shiva, The Cosmic Dancer was put on by Nrityanjali Theatre’s, Institute For The Arts and Culture under the skillful Mandira Balkaransingh, choreographer and artistic director. The dance depicted the continuous boundless expanse by showing the five elements—the cosmos, fire,water, air and earth. The dancers were able to demonstrate that Lord Shiva, of the Hindu pantheon—Lord Bramha, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva—is always present and dominates in every object in the five elements that make up the universe. The performance began with, Ganga Taranga—King Bhagirathi meditated before Lord Brahma for the salvation of the souls of his ancestors.
Lord Brahma granted him his wishes, but asked him to pray to Lord Shiva. After praying to Goddess Ganga and to Lord Shiva, the waters of Ganga River came down mightily, in rushing torrents. Lord Shiva allowed Ganga to descend on his head and after meandering through his matted locks, the Holy River reached earth. In Durga Stutt, Mother Earth was being tormented by the demons, Shumbha and Nishumbha. all the gods and goddesses conducted an elaborate yagna(worship) and Mother Durga was born from the yagna. She was given instruments by the various gods and through Her grace, the terrors of the demon duo came to an end.
This was followed by Kama-Deva and Lord Shiva, and it demonstrated that the world was overpowered by the demon Tarakasura, who had a boon and was in deep meditation, and Kama-Deva came to rescue the world. She created the magic of spring and threw arrows of love as Lord Shiva was in deep meditation. He opened his eyes and fell in love with him. The fourth and final section showed how Lord Shiva shared his body on the physical level with Goddess Parvati. She was truly his partner for without shakti(power), Lord Shiva could noy perform, and the inseparable identity of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati was one form.
Shiva, The Cosmic Dancer was firmly executed and all the paraphernalia required in a dance of such stature were in place. Members of the cast included: Roshni Rajnarinsingh-Saith, Trevor Ramesh Samaroo, Priya Balkissoon, Radha Ramkhelawan, Deboleena Paul, Valini Nagasar, allan Samaroo, Kyle Poliah and Denyse Musai. The production team included Vishnu Musai, H. Narayanan, Roshni Saith and Vallini Paladee. Shiva, The Cosmic Dancer reveals man’s consciousness and that one should endeavour to awaken one's own consciousness to recognise Lord Shiva. The participants respected the spirituality of the dance and applied strict discipline through the two-hour plus presentation.
The Indian High Commissioner, Shri Malay Mishra and MMSharma, director of the Mahatma Gandhi Cultural Institute, provided support. The aim of the Nrityanjali Theatre is to showcase serious religious, spiritual and philosophical excerpts from the various Hindu religious texts as lessons for the well-being of all mankind and to lead man into spirituality and to seek Lord Shiva as mankind's final place of abode.
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