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Dance Drama Productions

Kendra’s flagship production - SHRIRAM

 

Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra’s magnum opus based on the Indian epic of Ramayana, first produced in 1957 as ‘Ramlila’ and since been staged every year for a month during the festival of Dussehra (September–October). Created and designed in the distinctive dance-drama mould of the Kendra and a popular event in Delhi’s annual calendar.

 

Kendra’s second iconic production - KRISHNA

 

Based on the popular Indian epic of Lord Krishna, originally produced in 1977 and staged annually since then for a week on the occasion of Janmashtami - the day of His birth in this world in human incarnation (August – September).

 

OTHER MAJOR PRODUCTIONS AVAILABLE IN REPERTOIRE

MEERA - 1995/2002

 

A musical masterpiece based on the life and songs of Meerabai, one of the greatest saint poetesses of medieval India (16th C). A devotee of Krishna, wherever Meera went, through the effervescence of her poetry, she spread the message of liberation and urged an inner awakening.

 

KARNA - 2001

 

A classic dance drama depicting the life and tragedy of the heroic character Karna from the great Indian epic Mahabharata. Nature and nurture collude to deny Karna and other Karnas their rightful place in society. The work is based on famous Hindi poem ‘Rashmi Rathi’ by national poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.

 

KHAJURAHO - 1980/2003

 

A dance- drama adaptation of a fictional play depicting the origin of the famous temples of Khajuraho in Central India built in the twelfth century. A lyrical and romantic presentation attempting to capture and portray the sentiments behind the sculpting of the world renowned sensuous sculptures seen on the walls of Khajuraho.

 

SHREE DURGA - 2007

 

Based on the Hindu mythology of Goddess Durga who is primarily revered for conquering the unconquerable demon Mahishasur. The production brings out both the auspicious and ferocious aspects of the goddess – life on one hand and death on the other – her two facets each demanding the existence of the other; the Devi’s of this world – Durga and Kali.

 

CHAKRAVYUHA / ABHIMANYU - 1993/2010

 

Based on the legend of young hero Abhimanyu as related in the epic of Mahabharata. The story of Abhimanyu, youthful enthusiasm and selfless valour torn asunder by vested interests and vicious hostilities, is the root of an injustice that we all feel,but in different ways.

 

PARIKRAMA - 1994

 

An abstract and philosophical work of choreography inspired by the Padma Purana, deviating from Kendra’s mythology based dance-dramas. Parikrama is a state of mind which forms an integral part of the Indian psyche. It plunges into and emerges from the cycle of birth and death.

 

KUMAR SAMBHAVA - 2012/2015

 

Kumar Sambhava is the love story of Shiva and Parvati, who are both lovers and cosmic principles. Rich in allusions to the mythology and stories of the Vedic hymns, epics, puranas, the poem retells the story of the birth of Kartikeya - son of Shiva and Parvati - who was born destined to to destroy the demon Taraka. The production is inspired by Kalidasa's Kumar Sambhava.

 

List of all productions of the Kendra year wise

Updates
The prestigious SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be presented to the eminent Hindustani vocalist Smt Girija Devi (posthumously) on 17 November 2017 in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The Award was decided by the Governing Council of the Kendra in the month of August and was accepted by Girija Devi ji. Due to her sad demise meanwhile on October 24, the award will be received by her daughter Dr Sudha Datta (Munni ji). The Award will be presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at a special function on 17 November at 6.45 pm. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a musical tribute by disciples of the late Smt Girija Devi. All are welcome.

 

The prestigious SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be presented to the eminent Hindustani vocalist Smt Girija Devi (posthumously) on 17 November 2017 in Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. The Award was decided by the Governing Council of the Kendra in the month of August and was accepted by Girija Devi ji. Due to her sad demise meanwhile on October 24, the award will be received by her daughter Dr Sudha Datta (Munni ji). The Award will be presented by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon'ble Minister of State(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India at a special function on 17 November at 6.45 pm. The presentation ceremony will be followed by a musical tribute by disciples of the late Smt Girija Devi. All are welcome.