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Archives – Dasavatharam (2013-14)

January 10 and 11, 2014

Dasavatharam refers to the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu. At every point in evolution when there is unrest and chaos, Vishnu, the God of preservation, descends in the form of an avatar to restore cosmic order.

The school dance drama production was staged in the premises of the Kalakshetra foundation for the first time. It witnessed extensive use of props and saw the participation of more than 240 artistes, which included students, teachers and professionals. The venture was choreographed and directed by Shri. M.S. Hariharan

The production dramatised the mythological stories of Vishnu’s avatars – as Matsya to retrieve the sacred Vedas, as Kurma to get the nectar of life, as Varaha to save Bhoomi Devi, as Narasimha for the triumph of goodness, as Vamana to restore the authority of Indra in heaven, as the playful and wise Krishna, as warrior Parasurama – the epitome of filial piety, as the dutiful Rama and as Kalki to restore Dharma. The production was unique in that it captured each avatar as a narrative on its own.

yada yada hi dharmasya

glanir bhavati bharata

abhyutthanam adharmasya

tadatmanam srjamy aham

(Whenever and wherever there is a decline in Dharma and godliness,

O descendant of Bharata, at that time I will descend to reinforce both.)

(Chapter 4, Verse 7 – Bhagavad Gita)

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