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Event: ‘Panchavaktram’ creates awareness about Depleting Resources, Uniqueness of Genders

The event was graced by the presence of dance exponents Padma Bhushan Dr. Raja Reddy, Padma Bhushan Dr. Radha Reddy, and Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi (Member Secretary, IGNCA).

SNS | New Delhi |

REVA University presented Panchavaktram – a performance to throw light upon burning issues like climate change and gender equality through dance –on Saturday, at Fountain Lawn, India International Centre, New Delhi.

The event was graced by the presence of dance exponents Padma Bhushan Dr. Raja Reddy, Padma Bhushan Dr. Radha Reddy, and Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi (Member Secretary, IGNCA).

With an aim to emphasize the importance of curtailing the wastage of natural resources and considering man and woman as yin and yang to each other, the production aimed at culling out rare stories from medieval tests depicting the harmonious marriage of the five elements: Bhoomi, Jal, Agni, Vayu and Akash to create a world as we see.

The same elements are manifestations of Shiva’s five forms: Sadyojata, Vamadeva, Aghora, Tatpurusha, and Eshana which were represented in dance form.

Through the dance form – Mohiniyattam, the concept of the creation of the earth was showcased, the embodiment of Sadyojata that derives Bhoomi with the help of Parvati.

The group of Odissi Dancers on the other hand suavely represented the second element Jal personified by their version of Vamadeva and the existence of Ganga.

The act of how the importance of ‘Agnija’ – an Amsha of Shiva, the epitome of light was realized after her abandonment was portrayed by Bharatnatyam performers who depicted the Aghora facet of Lord Shiva that manifests the element ‘Agni’.

Tatpurusha embodiment of Tatva Vayu was presented in the Kuchipudi Dance Style emphasizing its essential nature without which the other elements cannot survive, finally culminating into the last act of portrayal of Eshana, Shiva’s fifth form that manifests Akash.

The universe that reverberates with the sound of ‘Om’ emanated first from Shiva’s damaru and this quintessential fact from Indian mythology was presented by Kathak Dancers.

On this blessed occasion Dr. Raja Reddy said, “I am highly impressed with the way REVA University has held the responsibility of being the torchbearer of Indian Cultural Legacy and is weaving it into the youth of the nation so seamlessly. It is essential that younger ones know that India as a cultural pool is much deeper underneath than its stature that one sees. We both feel highly honored to be here and watch these energetic souls dancing away to the tunes of Indian mythology making it so relevant in today’s times.”

Dr. P. Shyama Raju (Chancellor, REVA University) said, “We are honored to be amidst such dignitaries and portray our passion for art and culture amalgamated with an important message out to the world. At our university, while we try to imbibe sustainable practices so as to contribute in our own little way to nature, we also give equal opportunities to our students, not forgetting the uniqueness each gender brings with them.