Seeing the Lord through Annamayya
Padma Subrahmanyam performed ‘Annamayya Pratibha’ with great alacrity.
With elegance Padma Subrahmanyam on stage.
Noted Bharatanatyam exponent Padma Subrahmanyam performed a dance ballet, ‘Annamayya Pratibha’, at the TUDA Indira grounds in Tirupati last Saturday at the closing ceremony of the three-day 600th Annamayya Jayanti celebrations conducted in a grand manner by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).
The ballet is about Annamayya trekking the hills all the way to have a glimpse of the Lord and in the process, experiencing His divine glory. The saint-poet witnesses the various rituals conducted inside the temple and breaks into an inexplicable flow of emotions. Seeing the colourful procession of the deity taken on various celestial carriers (Vahanams) around the temple makes him go ecstatic.
The ballet was performed with alacrity by Padma, who saw the Lord of the Seven Hills through the eyes of Annamayya and experienced Him through his mind.
The performance threw light on how a devotee derives ethereal satisfaction and spiritual pleasure by getting oneself deeply engrossed in the Lord.
Donning the role of Annamayya, Padma cheerfully “carried” the Lord’s palanquin, dragged the huge wooden chariot, took Theertham from the priest and watched the presiding deity with awe.
In the song Shodasa Kalanidhiki Shodasopacharamulu that describes the various rituals like Archana, Naivedyam conducted inside the sanctum sanctorum , she performed with great elegance that one almost felt like st
anding inside the temple.
TTD’s Executive Officer K.V. Ramanachary felicitated the danseuse.
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