Archives – Trinetram (2014-15)

January 24th and 25th 2015 

Dhanur Vaibhav is the CHSV tradition of celebrating the arts – an opportunity to revel in the exuberance of the fine arts and to rejoice in the splendour of our heritage. Teachers and students, professionals and amateurs, come together each year to stage this mega event. Our dance drama production this year titled ‘Trinetram’ was held in Kalakshetra on January 24th and 25th.

Trinetram denotes the 3rd eye and it is synonymous with Lord Shiva. Among the pantheon of Gods in Hindu mythology, he is the Mahadeva or the Supreme God.  Based on Thiruvasagam, a volume of poems composed by 9th century Saivite poet, Manikavasagar, this year’s dance drama depicts the mystic lord in his various avatars. In one scene, he adorns the persona of the Divine Yogi and the King of Dance. In another, he is the vanquisher of evil who incinerates the three indestructible asuras with a mere smile. In complete contrast to this, he appears later as a doting husband who avenges the death of his beloved consort, Dakshayani. Dakshayani pleads with her Lord, to permit her to be part of her father’s Daksha Prajapati’s yagna. Despite knowing Daksha’s malicious intent, her doting husband complies with her wishes. At the yagna, the unsuspecting daughter realizes that they had been deliberately excluded from being guests of honour. Unable to bear the dishonour to her Lord, the anguished wife immolates herself. Her inconsolable husband then adorns the fearsome avatar of Veerabhadra and avenges her death. The alienated lovers are reunited only when Dakshayani reincarnates as Angairkanni.  In the final episode of our depiction, we see Angairkanni eagerly relinquishing her manly pursuits to unite with her Lord in nuptial revelry.

We are proud that Shri. M.S. Hariharan once again directed and choreographed our dance drama. It was his vision to portray the benevolent and fearsome forms of Lord Shiva through this work of art.

‘Trinetram’ also had the unique distinction of incorporating traditional art forms like Silambam, Kalaripayattu, Oyilattam and Thapattam. Teams of experts trained our students in the nuances of these ancient art forms and gave them the opportunity to appreciate the discipline, dexterity and intricacies involved in mastering them.


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