Navarātra

नवरात्र

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Lesson 9

Sacred Dance: Durgā Stuti
Durga Stuti choreographed and performed by Shambhavi Dandekar
Raga: Malkauns
Taal: Ektaal
Accompaniment by SF Bay Area artists:
Tabla: Vishal Nagar
Harmonium: Anand Karve
Composition and vocals: Saneyee Bhattacharjee
Slide Guitar: Vikram Shrowty
Bansuri: Himanshu Jawadekar
Video: Phani M.

Lights: Aditya Kulkarni

Through the language of kathak dance, the artist tells the stories of Mā (including slaying the demons), describes her attributes, and also honors and worships her. The musicians, the rāga, and the words of the hymn all contribute to bringing Mā’s presence to life in thrilling fashion.

We need to remember that sacred art, though entertaining and captivating, is also a primary means of learning about and experiencing the wisdom and power of this tradition.  For ordinary people who did not know Sanskrit, this was actually a means of learning as the dancer elucidates the meaning of the words through her movements and mudras.

As you watch this dance, allow yourself to really see and experience Mā coming to life through this offering of sacred art. We invite you to pay attention to your “felt sense”, and observe what happens as the music, mantras, rāga, dance, and energy come together in your awareness. After you watch, take a moment to sit with and reflect on your experience.

If you have any questions, or want to share your experience, you can do so by emailing us at admin@livingsanskrit.com.

Teacher: Shambhavi Dandekar

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