Raudra Ras

 

The underlying emotion in Raudra Rasa is anger. Extreme anger bordering rage is one of the most powerful emotions experienced by man. It can fuel both preservation and destruction. We have chosen to present the story of Shiva and his consort Sati for the depiction of this Rasa.

Sati’s angst at being ignored by her father for the yojna, followed by her fury at the insult hurled by her father at her husband, her consequent self immolation followed by Shiva’s Tandava Nritya brings out the essence of Raudra Rasa beautifully.Shiva’s Tandava is a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. Tandava depicts Shiva’s violent nature as the destroyer of the universe.Characteristics of the Tandava Dance have been described in the fourth chapter of Natya Shastra by Bharat Muni.

According to Natya Shastra the dance movements of tandava could be employed in the course of dance, fight and personal combats.

In our presentation we have tried to capture the essence of Raudra Rasa.

Kudos to the performing children!! It was a tough task for them to emote such powerful emotions – be it the haughty reproof of Daksh, Sati’s father or the silent vexation of Sati’s mother or the confused disbelief, sorrow and anger of Sati along with the uncontrollable rage of Shiva at the death of his divine consort ……… the 10 to 12 year old artists have done a commendable job. I am quite sure, our children will mesmerise you with their intense performance.

 

Sincerely,

Urvashi Warman

The Making of Navrasa

I had no idea how tough the project Navarsa would be ! Once I started working on it, I felt completely stumped right at the beginning itself.  The original work of Bharat Muni was nowhere to be found. Internet which is supposed to be the modern womb of knowledge, drew a near blank. How was one supposed to depict the nine emotions on stage? The only thing which was clear to me was we had to have a potpourri of dance, music, theatre and art…bringing out the distinct flavour of each rasa.

The easiest seemed Veer Rasa to me-Veer Rasa or the emotion of courage. Our Indian history is replete with instances of courage and valour depicted by our brave historical characters. Yet, would courage be defined by only bravery depicted in the battlefield? While working on the emotion of courage I realized that courage is the most important virtue as without courage one can’t practise any other virtue consistently !!

One needs courage to love in face of opposition, courage to remain happy under adverse circumstances, courage to overcome sorrow, courage to overcome fear, anger, hatred , disgust……any emotion…it requires courage to express or overcome. As Winston Churchill rightly said-Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities-because it is the quality that guarantees all others.

So, I had the choice-should the depiction of Veer Rasa be done via a historical theme or should it reflect courage displayed in our day to day life by common man ? A tough choice !!

But history won…for the simple reason that I couldn’t resist showcasing the grandeur of our rich historical past. Ernest Hemingway defined courage as “grace under pressure” and keeping this in mind I settled upon the story of Prithviraj Chauhan’s face off with Mohammad Ghori.

Then came the script.

As I penned the script in English, I realised something was lacking….the language just did not seem to reflect the essence of the era, the entire sequence lacked punch.

It was already the end of June and the clock seemed to be ticking fast. I decided to contact Aaroosh Sethi, a young dynamic theatre artist who had worked closely with us at the time of our 7th Annual Day, “The Seven Wonders”.

And then started the brain storming sessions with Aaroosh about the script and the presentation.

Keep watching for more inside stories …..

 

 

Sincerely,

Urvashi Warman

 

ANNUAL DAY 2012-’The Theme’

Time flies !!

It seems like yesterday that we had celebrated our 9th Annual Day-“India’s Tryst with Destiny”.

Now it is time for our 11th annual day and we are in the midst of intense, hectic practices. This year’s theme is Navrasa.

Navrasa or the nine emotions were first outlined by Bharat Muni in his iconic pathbreaking masterpiece ‘Natya Shastra’. Natya Shastra formed the premise from which traditions of dance, music, theatre, art and literature evolved. So profound was the impact of this philosophy that it came to be regarded as the 5th Veda. Evoking the nine rasas or emotions in the audience through an art form was the prime motivation of the artist and the performance and art work were created solely with this aim.

We will showcase our humble interpretation of his iconic masterpiece for you on Thursday, 8th November.

 

Sincerely,

Urvashi Warman

 

Important Notification

Dear All,

Tomorrow (26th October, Friday) will be a regular working day.

Level I, Level II and Class I –

8:00 am to 12 noon.

Classes II to VII-

8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Saturday(27th October) will be a holiday for Level I,Level II and class I on account of Eid-ul-Zuha.

Students of classes II to VII will report to school for Annual Day Practices on Saturday.(27th October)

Time : 12 noon to 3:00 pm.

Laurels to the School

Heartiest Congratulations to Chandani Moolchandani  of class V !!!

She  secured a bronze medal in the 25 mt. Breast stroke event at the Inter School Swimming Competition held at Janki Devi Public School.

You make us proud !!