Sometimes there are some performances that make you feel how underrated Indian classical dance forms really are. Koyel Tripathi's tribute to Krishna through Krishna Sharanam is one such performance. On a day when there was the India vs Pakistan match, classical dance enthusiasts made their way to Ravindra Natya Mandir to watch a performance which was successful in mesmerizing all. Krishna Sharanam – The Voice of Krishna was about paying tribute to the deity in the form of enacting his most popular tales. Tales that spoke about people's love for him and his love for mankind. The proceeds from this show were donated to a charity.
Ravindra Natya Mandir is very accessible by public transport. The show began with the lighting of diyas and was soon followed by introducing the dignitaries who made it possible for the show to happen. We met Harish Bhimani who is remembered as the voice behind Samay in Mahabharata. He has voiced the narration in this performance. Without wasting any time the performance begins with the tale of the lady who is still today considered the most devout follower of Krishna. Meerabai's introduction to Krishna, her growing love for him, people around the country including Emperor Akbar being awed by her voice and her death, everything is covered in the narration. Koyel Tripathi essays the role of Meerabai and her daughter plays the younger version of Meerabai. The next story is about Krishna and Radha as they meet only to be parted again. Abhijit Thakur makes a fine Krishna as he transforms from the Krishna who roamed the streets of Vrindavan with Radha to the Krishna who has taken up his responsibilities as the ruler of Dwarka and the husband of Rukmini.
The third story is of Draupadi on the fateful day that Krishna came to her rescue and as the story progresses we reach the day Mahabharata starts. The time when Krishna explains to Arjun his duties and how important it is for him to carry them out.
Each of the stories is beautifully presented with minimal dialogues and wonderful combination of Odissi and Kathak. The war of the Mahabharata is certainly something you watch out for. Special mention to Ankit Pahadiya who is the dancer when the narrator takes over. Each word of the narrator is beautifully enacted by him.
Although the team did a superb job of bringing the whole show on stage, it wasKoyel Tripathi who came up with the concept and directed it, has truly done a wonderful job. There have been many enactments of Krishna's stories but none could have been like this.
If you love to watch a good ballet, this classical show should not be missed.
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