Taalapatra- Hymns from the Hills

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The classical dance traditions of India, have always drawn their insight and inspiration from the very rich and varied musical heritage that has been bequeathed to us. These musical gems span generations and genres, and continue to inform and enrich the aural and visual firmament of dance

The brilliant imagery, music and poetry of the many Vaggeyakaras, have enthused and inspired me to translate their exquisite music into the visual realm of Bharatanatyam. I have, over the years, conceived and presented , solo features and ensemble productions which have been mounted only, on the compositions of any one vaggeyakara

My first such feature was Thyagaraja Ramayanam, a solo feature using Thyagaraja krithis , while Jayadeva's Gitagovindam formed the base of Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum. Uthukada Venkata Kavi inspired me to present Mohana.. Krsna beckons, while Sri Rama Namam- Entha Ruchi Ra was spun with Bhakta Ramadas krithis

The lyrical beauty and the musical genius of Annamacharya , beckoned me often.

Annamacharya, was born in 1408, and, is said to have composed as many as 32,000 sankeertanas in praise of his beloved Lord Venkateswara, of which, around 12,000, etched on copper plates were discovered at Tirumala in 1922.