2020 Virtual Annual Event - "Shakthi - The Essence of Empowered Women"

 

Following in the footsteps of 12 brilliant sold-out productions, Vision-Aid is delighted to present "Shakthi - The Essence of Empowered Women" - another stellar, mega production, bringing to life a unique production with a powerful message of empowerment for one and all!

This dazzling production, will be brought to you virtually, and will highlight a rich and vibrant choreography, produced by renowned choreographer Guru Madurai R. Muralidaran, ably assisted by his daughter Kavya Muralidaran and Artistic Directors Jeyanthi Ghatraju, Suja Meyyappan, Sripriya Natarajan Moorthy, Thenu Raajan , Hema Iyengar and Marishakthi Muthuswamy and pulling together sixty of the brightest dance talent in the greater Boston area.

 

This is an online show! Enjoy this unique, brilliant, broadway style show from the comfort and safety of your own home. 

 

The Producer

The concept and choreography for this production are by Madurai R Muralidaran of Chennai, India, a renowned dance choreographer who has won critical acclaim for his creations in Bharatanatyam. He has over 300 compositions to his credit, including his most recent Boston productions, Krishna (2009), Justice of the Anklet (2010), Slaying ofthe Demons (2012), The Dancer's Pledge (2014), The Iconic Avatar (2016), Charmer, Warrior, Guide (2017), Golden Armor, Golden Heart (2018) which still has audiences in Boston talking! Shri. Madurai R Muralidaran is ably assisted by his talented daughter Kavya Muralidaran, a renowned dancer in her own right, and who has won critical acclaim for her amazing Bharatanatyam performances.

 

The Artistic Directors

The Artistic Directors for this amazing productoin are:  Jeyanthi Ghatraju, Suja Meyyappan, Sripriya Natarajan Moorthy, Thenu Raajan, Hema Iyengar and Marishakthi Muthuswamy

 

The Dancers

This show will feature sixty amazing dancers from the New England area. 

Aanya Challuri, Aarna Mahadevan, Aarya Atale, Aashna Diddee, Abhilasha Banka, Adhithi Venkatesan, Adhiti Hariram, Adilakshmi Gollapudi, Amal Balachundhar, Anamika Nair, Ananya Venkatesan, Anika Nambiar, Anjanadevi Govindaraj, Archita Nemalikanti, Arya Swamy, Ashmita Boopathy, Ashvitha Eyalarasan, Avantika Nair, Bhargavi Devarajan, Chetana Yella, Chitanya Gopu, Dhanashree Karmakar, Disha Surajiwale, Eesha Gangal, Gayatri Chaturvedi, Harini Jeyaraman, Janya Utkarsh, Kaavya Kumaran, Kaiyal Kumaran, Katya Scaria, Kavya Krishnan, Kavya Muralidaran, Lara Scaria, Mihika Abraham, Neha Rajesh, Neha Pillai, Nikita Minocha, Nishi Manikandan, Pooja Kawatkar, Praksitha Rajasekaran, Prisha Nambiar, Priyanka Joshi, Sanvi Reddy, Sejal Shirole, Sheethal Udupa, Shefali Bakre, Shilpa Narayanan, Shirin Bakre, Shivani Suraj, Shivani Shah, Siddhi Talekar, Sijie Wang, Sonal Setty, Sonia Lakshmanan, Tarika Sridhar, Vaidehi Moorthy, Viritha Reddy.

 

The Production

“Shakthi’ is a unique thematic concept by Shri Madurai R Muralidaran. Shakthi means “power” in Sanskrit and is considered as the divine energy underlying Nature’s manifestation. The concept of Shakthi generally refers to the dynamic force that is responsible for creation, maintenance, and destruction of the universe. It is often identified as female energy because Shakthi is responsible for creation, as mothers bring about birth. Per Hindu philosophy, Shakthi stimulates Shiva, the masculine passive energy in the form of consciousness, to create Ardhanarishvara, an iconic form symbolizing the balance and equality of both energies. Shakthi may be personified as the gentle and benevolent, as the terrifying force destroying evil, or as the warrior who conquers forces that threaten the stability of the universe. 

 

In this unique production, Guru Muralidaran has portrayed the manifestation of the female energy, Shakthi, as an empowering element through a series of eight unique compositions. Starting with an invocation and offering of flowers, Shakthi is then celebrated as one who empowers us through the gift of knowledge. The mood is then set for intense yearning through a Jathiswaram, followed by a portrayal of the Irrepressible Spirit of a Young Maiden. The journey continues with two kavithuvams that pay tribute to the female spirit in its most mortal and divine manifestations: first a tribute to Motherhood - the nurturing presence that underlies every mortal life and then to the divine Universal Mother as the epitome of life force that drives the entire universe. The cornerstone of this presentation is a varnam, urging each woman to “stand with her head held high” and conquer the world on her own! Guru Muralidaran concludes with a thillana in praise of Shakthi in the form of the goddess of physical and spiritual prosperity.

 

Program Flow and timing

 

The show will begin at 4 PM sharp and end at around 7:30 pm. 

This show will have 8 dance segments which unify together to bring the theme of Shakthi. For a more detailed description of each dance sequence, please refer to the Program Summary in the event brochure.Each of the dance sequences will be followed by short, inspirational segments from Vision-Aid.

 1. Pushpanjali - An offering of flowers to Shakthi
2. Sri Saraswathi - The Embodiment of Knowledge, Music, Art and Learning
3. Jathiswaram - The Pulsating Stream of Energy
4. Ulla Kumaralgal - The Irrepressible Spirit of a Young Maiden
5. Amma Kavithuvam - Ode to the Selfless Unconditional Love of a Mother
6. Shakthi Kavithuvam - Universal Mother, Epitome of Energy
7. Varnam - The Essence of the Empowered Woman
8. Thillana - Empowered Women Use Shakthi to Empower the Under Privileged

 

 May "Shakthi" empower everyone of us to help bring prosperity and peace to the world around us, and to empower the visually impaired to lead meaningful lives with independence and dignity.

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