Krishna enchants his devout followers

Showcasing the journey of a playful religious icon, Krishna, the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented its 39th edition of an exuberant and well-crafted dance drama ‘Krishna’ to mark the Janmashtami celebrations in the City.

Helmed under the direction of noted choreographer and dancer Shobha Deepak Singh, the classical ballet displays Krishna’s childhood antics and the pivotal role he played in the Mahabharata.

Replete with mythology and exaltation, Shobha Deepak Singh tried to present all major facets of Lord Krishna’s life with creative sensitivity, adding more depth to the production. Research plays a crucial and pertinent role in any form of ballet.

“It is important for all the artistes to have a good hold over the topic in order to perform at their best. It involved a lot of research and study to conceptualise the final output and present our performance accordingly,” said Raj Kumar Sharma, who played the adult Krishna.

Along with it, stunning choreography and special lighting arrangement added more
vibrance to the show. Describing new features at this year’s depiction, director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Shobha Deepak Singh said every part of the show has been re-choreographed. Scenes like Krishna’s dance on the Kalia naag were introduced for the first time.

“We have also added several yogic forms of dance and Kalaripayattu, lending it a scintillating new dimension,” she said.

“It has taken years of experience to reach where we stand now. Initially, we had long scenes and dialogues which had to be made crispier to convey the essence of the drama. Thus, we eliminated trivial things and tried to provide a well-crafted script,” she added.

According to her, the second part of the show means more to her as it reveals the essence of the story. “The first phase involves more choreography based on his adorable childhood, but the second phase is based on the teachings of Bhagavad Gita. His teachings and philosophies still hold importance in today’s generation,” she said.  

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