Skip to main content

Raslila: Dance of Love


Kathak was also related to the Ras Lila, a form of popular theater that was of divine love between Krishna and Radha. The parts of the Ras Lila dance is a kind of extension of the base of mimed gestures of storytellers kathak. The performances of the dancers are accompanied by two sets of instruments: the sarangi, stringed instrument, small drums and tabla. The sound comes in but also by the way carrying about two hundred ghungroos, bells worn by the dancers around her ankles.

Between dancers and musicians tabla creating dialogues tight that articulate the contrast between rhythmic instruments, singing, and the famous variations of the feet. These dialogues within the nritta, the pure dance, pantomime while the parts belong all'abhìnaya, and they see the dancer does not concentrate more on the movements of the feet, but on top of the body, especially on the face and eyes. Ras Lila, is the classical dance of Manipur, inspired by the grace of Krishna.

The Raslila is the biggest event of the whole festival. In it people, dressed in the clothes of Radha, Krishna and the Gopis, dancing to the rhythm of popular songs. The Brij Festival is open to all, and so the devotees of all ages can take an active part in the representations of the acts and dances. Before starting the Festival, all the devotees gather near the temple of Lord Krishna and Radha, in the early morning, to bathe in the waters of the river Banganga. The ritual is performed to purify the soul of the human being. The Festival is therefore a good opportunity to bring enthusiasm in people's lives.

The Brij Festival is celebrated in the region of the same name hence its name and more specifically in the district of Bharatpur. The event is generally held before HOLI, and is celebrated in the name of Lord Krishna, which is why many devotees perform the famous act of Raslila, a representation which is based on the story of immortal love between Radha and Krishna Bhagwan , his soul mate. For the occasion, people dress in flashy clothes, specifically to represent the act, and what makes the festival, which is celebrated in the open air, a very colorful festival.

Hindus believe that a single divine principle is manifest to men in almost infinite manifestations, each with its own history, anniversaries, victories against evil to celebrate. At Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna was born he spent childhood and youth The birthday is celebrated with great pomp. The devotees fast and pray all night in temples, listening to devotional songs of God and witnessing to Raslila, sacred representations of the divine feats. Music and dance abound.

Comments

kalaiselvisblog said…
wow... nice costumes... dat moon click was excellent... cool post...
Krishna said…
informative post..
Very interesting, many thanks for sharing this.
Max Coutinho said…
Hi Kalyan,

Beautiful! I thoroughly liked their outfits: so rich and colourful; while at the same time veiling the dancers' mystery.

It is not doubt a Dance with the Divine :).

Cheers
ladyfi said…
How utterly beautiful!

Popular posts from this blog

Egg Curry Recipe

Egg curry in India is known as Anda Curry that is a very simple recipe and is very popular with children. Perfect for lovers of hardboiled eggs, the spicy curry enhances the flavor. In this dish, the hard-boiled eggs are stir fried and then added to a sauce. It is served over steamed rice in India. Eggs can be added to any type of sauce you like. In this instructable I have shown how to make it with peas and tomato sauce.

This week I propose a curry eggs, a dish I wanted to replicate for some time after I had tasted the homemade version prepared by a friend. When I announced that dinner was planned with a curry of eggs it unexpectedly cause generalized reactions of astonishment. And so I realized that it has taken for granted that everyone to know that there are several varieties of curry, not only as regards the main ingredient, but also for the combination of spices and flavor to be obtained. So I decided to make a brief discussion on the curry to have some clarity on the subject.

An Italian Meal with my friend at Da Mauro

As I walked down the street, distracted by my thoughts and my memories, the smell from a nearby pizza shop invaded my senses and immediately my mind was transported to a recent visit to an expat friend's house. My friend, John lives in Central Park Resorts at the heart of Gurgaon. I'm not a huge fan of Gurgaon given the dusty roads, pollution, bad traffic and civic sense, but Central Park Resorts is another world in itself - an ample green environment with the usual facilities like amphitheatre, gym, spa, kids play area etc. But two things really caught my eye - the town-ship is automobile free and golf buggies are used to commute on surface. That sounds downright futuristic and something only the millionaires could afford, right? But there it was, right in front of my eyes in Gurgaon! Well, the future is really here I guess.

But what really got to me is the second thing - something situated inside the Central Park Resorts township. Read on:

As John and I planned to discuss t…

Mysore Pak Recipe

The Mysore Pak is an Indian dessert originating in the state of Karnataka in southern India, but it is widely consumed throughout peninsular India and especially Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. There are 2 ways to prepare it, soft or more solid, with generous amounts of melted butter or ghee, chickpea flour and sugar. Of course people prepare these delicacies especially for the feast of Diwali, the festival of lights.

The mysore pak was originally known as masoor pak, and was made with masoor dal flour. The exact origin of the recipe is unknown, although some claim that it was created in or near the Mysore Palace by a cook raised in the Kakasura Madappa. Its history dates back to, probably sometime in the 17th or 18th century Mysore, where during the reign of King Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, the recipe was invented in the kitchens of the palace by the chef Kakasura Madappa. Having no idea for his creation, Madappa decided to call the recipe Mysore Pak, which means in Sanskrit and…