शिव लीला | Shiva Leelas

A duet production by Yamini and Bhavana Reddy ‘Shiva Leela’ brings to life the various stories of Lord Shiva through Kuchipudi dance. The song, is descriptive, highlights the wonder that is Shiva. Self born (Swayambhu), formless and yet so majestic when he appears as the cosmic dancer (nataraja). He is at once the protector and the destroyer, a manifestation of that power is the refuge granted to the young devotee Markandeya and the punishment accorded to Yama the God of Death. To protect the cosmic order of life, Shiva shows his power of endurance by consuming the poison that emerges during Amruthamanthana (churning for the elixir of life ). The song proceeds to delineate the other aspects of Shiv’s leela, his romantic marriage to Uma, and his fury let loose upon Kama and Tripurasura.

Finally Shiva’s supreme manifestation as NATESA – NATARAJA dancing at the Kailash mountains before a multitude of sages, mortals and celestial beings. While the Gods and Sages rejoice, Lord dances his various adornments, swings in unison with the rhythm of his dance along with his consort Parvathi.

Artistic Directors & Choreographers: Raja Radha Reddy