Bharatanatyam - Rajarajeswaram 1000 LIVE - DVD

Bharatanatyam - Rajarajeswaram 1000 LIVE - DVD
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Author: Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
Publisher: Swathi's Sanskriti Series
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Bharatanatyam

Rajarajeswaram
1000
Live performance of 1000 dancers celebrating 1000th year
of Brihadeeswara temple, thanjavur

Compilation,
Music & Choreography
Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam

UNESCO has
declared the Thanjavur Temple of Peruvudaiyar (Tamil) or Brihadeeswara (Sanskrit)
meaning Cosmic Lord Siva as a World Heritage Monument. Built by Emperor
Rajaraja Chola and consecrated in the year 1010 AD, the temple is unequalled
in its size, majesticity, architecture, sculpture and serenity with an aura
of divine beauty. It is here in the first tier of the compelling tower that
the 108 Karanas (dance movements) of Bharatamuni's Natya Sastra was given
sculptural codification for the first time in India. 81 such Karanas are
seen as Siva figures. Rajaraja's longest Tamil Inscription gives details
of his having employed 400 dancers and 240 musicians to perform regularly
as part of rituals. For celebrating the 1000th year of this monument cum
living temple, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam has compiled, scored & choreographed
three dance numbers to be performed in unison by 1000 Bharatanatyam dancers
at the Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur on Saturday, September 25, 2010 organised
by Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India (ABHAI) of which she is
presently the President and Brihan Natyanjali Foundation, Thanjavur with
the support of Government of Tamil Nadu. The numbers are Ganapathi Kauthwam,
Thiruvisaippa of Saint Karuvur Thevar, the spiritual Guru of Rajaraja and
Siva Panchakshara Sthuthi of Adi Sankaracharya. Each verse of Karuvur Thevar
addresses Lord Siva as the presiding deity of the temple complex called
Rajarajeswaram. These verses were probably his outpourings at the time of
consecration 1000 years ago. This DVD is a documentation of the choreography
danced by disciples of 15 Gurus.

Disc 1
  • Preparation
  • Devaram By Odhuvaars
  • Performance By 1000 Dancers

  • Ganapathi Kauthwam (Traditional)

    Karuvur Thevar's Thiruvisaippa

    Adi Sankara's Siva Panchakshara Sthuthi
  • Speech by Dr Padma Subrahmanyam &

    other Stalwarts about the making
Disc 2
  • Practice Video of Rajarajeswaram 1000
Part of the proceeds from Sale of this DVD goes to Bharatha Ilango Foundation of Asian Culture

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