Knowing the self

CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE

After successfully producing and widely performing Panchatantra and Sundara Kandam from Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, Pavithra Srinivasan, recently in her third production in Delhi ‘Purushaartha’, organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), explored various interesting verses and stories from the Upanishads and brought them to life through the reflective, sensitive canvas of Bharatanatyam.  

Why is it important to know the self? What is the glory of the self? How can one develop a mind of equanimity to understand the self and revel in the truth that one is poornam – complete and free from insecurities and blemish? This is what was the central theme of Pavithra’s dance performance.

Talking to Metrolife, Pavithra said, “It was a very joyful experience to have performed for the ICCR. My theme for the dance was ‘pursuit of the self’. I portrayed what is there in our Upanishads for everlasting peace and happiness. Through my performance I have asked the question that is it possible to live a life where not only one is happy but can also make others happy, that too all the time?”

Pavithra is among the most inspired and dedicated Bharatanatyam dancers from her generation. Known for her exquisite facial expressions, grace and beautiful execution of footwork, she has given numerous performances in prestigious organisations in India, UK, USA, Europe and Canada.

“Dance to me is pure joy! Not only do I revel in this transcendence of the ordinary, but also in the appreciation of the beauty and wisdom that this rich cultural heritage offers. It is a great prayer that connects me to the god,” added Pavithra.

Through her performance, Pavithra tried to portray how to seek freedom from unhappiness and give enjoyment to others too and how to develop a beautiful mind without hurting others’ sentiments and set oneself free from insecurity and blemish. 

Through her dance and stories, she tried to explain how to be content and peaceful and be satisfied with the given things all around. 

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