Presenting Mann Vasanai - Scent of the Earth
In the Vedas, Apsaras are beautiful celestial water nymphs, beings living in Indra’s heaven.
(Indra is the god of the heavens, lightning, thunder, storms, rains and river flows).
The Apsaras live in the clouds or in water and dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.
Traditionally, in paintings the Apsaras were artistically depicted as swans, due to their mutual connection with water. This piece depicts the ancient Indian mythology and culture of Apsaras, along with incorporating elements of turmeric in the dance production.
One of the most popular artistic mediums used to represent the Apsaras is dance, originating with the Devadasis (servants of God).
Performers - Meghana Balaji, Joyeeta Mukhopadhyay, Priya Kumar
Music : 'Mann Vasanai' by Simon Thacker's Svara Kanti
Music Performed by - Simon Thacker's Svara Kanti
featuring Simon Thacker (classical guitar), Neyveli B. Venkatesh (mridangam), K.V. Gopalakrishnan (kanjira), N. Guruprasad (ghatam)
Choreography, Concept and Direction : Priya Varunesh Kumar
Cinematography : Jayesh Vaghela
Photography : Jatin Prajapati, Kiran Gajjar
Support Crew : Sachin Prajapati, Dipak Patel
Location Support : Jaimin Patel
Makeup : Mausami Prajapati , Amruta Shash
A Piah Dance Company production in collaboration with Simon Thacker.
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