Sri Krishna Parijatham:
Sri Krishna Parijatham, a Kuchipudi dance drama (by Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam) is a portrayal of very human feelings of unrest and envy, a conflict and resolution. It is a story that reiterates that devotion overpowers dominance to covet the Lord’s heart.
The theme of this ballet is taken from the Harivamsa Purana believed to be an addendum to the great epic, Mahabharata, traditionally ascribed to Veda Vyasa and was originally written between the 12th and 14th century AD.
Satyabhama, the most possessive among Krishna's eight queens, is envious of Rukmini, his most devoted consort. The celestial sage Narada creates a delicate situation for Krishna. He brings from Heaven a single Parijatham (a type of jasmine) flower and presents it to Krishna when he is with Rukmini. When Satyabhama finds out that Krishna presented the flower to Rukmini, she is enraged, as predicted by Narada. Satyabhama has a tiff about the flower with Krishna who pacifies her, promising her the Parijatham tree itself. Krishna does bring the tree and plants it in Satyabhama's back yard, but did she actually get its flowers?
Was it a conspiracy? Was Krishna a party to it? The ballet reveals all this in a delightful way, with lovely songs and choreography.
Sri Krishna: Shoba Natarajan Rukmini: Kamala Rajupet
Satyabhama: Sasikala Penumarthi Narada: Revathi Komanduri
Nattuvangam: Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam
Script: Sri. Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao
Music : Sri. Dwaram Bhava Narayana & Sri Mallik
Vocals: Sri N.S. Prakasa Rao & Smt. Kanaka Durga
Veena: Sri Patrayani Sangeetha Rao
Mrudangam: Sri R. Govindarajan
Violin: Sri M.S. Rao
Sasikala Penumarthi has found a unique place as a vigorous and vivacious exponent of Padma Bhushan Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam's style of
Kuchipudi dance. Endowed with a rare blend of intuition and intellect, she has evolved over the years an excellent command over the technique. In
order to continue the pursuit and propagate the art into the mainstream,
Sasikala founded the Academy of Kuchipudi Dance, a non-profit
organization in 1997. Most recently, she received the Master Artist award from the Georgia Arts Council and the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts. Sasikala serves as an Artist Affiliate at Emory University where she is pursuing her Academic interests. She teaches credit courses in Kuchipudi to the students of Dance Department and Asian Studies Program, and works with the teaching faculty in presenting Lectures and
Demonstrations on Indian Dance, Religion and Culture.
Dr. Kamala Rajupet
One of the senior most students of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, Kamala has performed extensively in India, USA and other countries. She has
performed for major organizations in India including the Music Academy and Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai; ICCR and Sangeet Natak Academy, Delhi; Konark festival, Puri; Shanmukhananda Hall, Mumbai.
She has played lead roles in many of Guruji’s dance ballets and toured with him to the U.S.A , the former U.S.S.R, the former Czechoslovakia,
Hungary ,the Netherlands and France. Her roles as Rukmini in Rukmini
Kalyanam, Parvathi in Hara Vilasam, the Fortune Teller and Parvathi in
Srinivasa Kalyanam, and later as Padmavathi in Srinivasa Kalyanam to name a few, have won her accolades amongst critics and connoisseurs of dance.
Revathi Komanduri is a senior disciple of Padma Bhushan Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam. She started learning Bharatnatyam at the age of five, but her parents Sri. Pathri Ananda Mohan and Smt . Bala Tripura Sundari decided to put her under the tutelage of Guru . Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam when she was eight. Ever since, her passion for Kuchipudi knew no bounds, however it was not something that came from within her, but it was something that came from her Guru. “Revathi has had the fortune of performing in many of her guru’s productions, including, “Srinivasa Kalyanam”, “Rukmini Kalyanam”, “Ardhanaareswaram”, “Gopika Krishna”, “Sri Pada Paarijatham”, and
“Sri Krishna Paarijatam”. She has also taken part in many tours of the Kuchipudi Art Academy, Chennai, traveling with the team to Germany in 1991, and USA in 1994 to name a few
Shoba Natarajan is one of the foremost exponents of two classical dance styles of India - Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. Shoba commenced her
artistic journey at the age of five under the legendary dancer, Padmabhushan Kamala Lakshman. She gave her first formal stage performance at the age of eight and continued her tutelage with the reputed guru, Kalaimamani
S. K. Rajaratnam Pillai. Fascinated by Kuchipudi, Shoba came under the influence of the world-renowned, Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna
Satyam and is today one of the leading exponents of this style. Shoba has danced the lead role in several of Dr. Chinna Satyam's productions, and is best known for her stirring portrayal of Srinivasa in 'Srinivasa Kalyanam.' In 1984, she became the first Kuchipudi dancer to tour the Soviet Union. She has also undertaken several dance tours of India, the United States, the
former Soviet Union, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Shoba is a 'top rated artist' on Indian National Television. She has received the titles of
'Yuva Kala Bharati' and 'Nadanamaamani' from premier Indian
organizations. Shoba is dedicated to the cause of propagating dance and
promoting young talent. She is a founder of Nritya Ranga, a dance
cooperative in Chennai, India, that has promoted and nurtured young dance talent since 1978. Shoba is also the founder and artistic director of the
Samskriti Foundation in Chicago, Illinois (USA) where she currently teaches dance, music and allied arts.