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Dhrupad Mela : Video (2012)

With Dhrupad Mela 2013 soon taking place on the occasion of Shivratri in Varanasi, we wanted to make an update to Our Report on Dhrupad Mela 2012  with a selection of clips from which we filmed last season.  Special thanks to Dom for his great cameraworks. Wishing we were going to be there on 9th March..!

 

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Maha Shivratri

We wish you Happy Maha Shivratri 2010

There are many beliefs about Lord Shiva and his night of Maha Shivratri, one of our favourites is that this is the night of Lord Shiva’s Cosmic Dance of the Ananda Tandava (Dance of Bliss).  May his Grace bless you in these days and the dance of bliss extend to all fellow Brothers and Sisters of our Beautiful Planet.

The significance of the Nataraja sculpture is said to be that Siva is shown as the source of all movement within the cosmos, represented by the arch of flames. The purpose of the dance is to release men from illusion, and the place where it is said to have been performed, Chidambaram, called the centre of the universe, is in reality within the heart. The gestures of the dance represent Siva’s five activities (pañcakrtya): creation (symbolized by the drum), protection (by the “fear-not” pose of the hand), destruction (by the fire), embodiment (by the foot planted on the ground), and release (by the foot held aloft).