Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra presented the 41st edition of ‘Krishna’ at 6.30pm from August 21st to 25th, 2016 to celebrate Janmashthami this year. Additionally to meet the demand there was a 3pm matinee show on August 25th, 2016 at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi.
“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma, but competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.” – Krishna Quotes From the Bhagavad Gita.
Mrs. Shobha Deepak Singh – – awarded Padmashri by the President of India, a wizard of Direction and Production, presents the magna opus, abounding with folklore and praise that have enthralled for over thirty centuries.The adorable Krishna whose endearing childhood antics kept the world enthralled with heartwarming episodes related to the charming pranks and episodes of stealing butter, lifting the mountain Govardhan, conquering the serpent kaliya, and his amorous dance with his beloved consort Radha and more, tracing his journey to the centre stage of human reverence.
The 41st edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s ‘Krishna’ presented the greatest examples for living a wholesome life via tenets enunciated by Krishna and expressed in the revered Bhagavad Gita, which presented real life practical solutions, rather than ambiguous diktats. ‘Krishna’ emotes the intrinsic truths of life, appealing in their fundamental simplicity, as enumerated by Lord Krishna, which lie within the folds of the innumerable anecdotes, ensconced in his life’s tales, perpetually inspiring in their traditional or modern context.
Krishna’s fascinating personality has been overlaid with legends, myths, miracles and adoration. Wise and valorous, he was loving and loved, farseeing and yet living for the moment, gifted with sage-like detachment and man of action with a personality as luminous as that of a Divine, encouraging pursuance of one’s own dharma.
Since then, the ballet has transformed to a thoroughly researched and artistically gratifying experience for the viewer, under the meticulous vision and execution of all aspects of Lord Krishna’s personas. In ‘Krishna’, the dynamics of the Mahabharata come into play and become apparent, where man isolates and sets himself against his brethren. The plot rests on a pivot of violence which eventually secures harmony in a peaceful and significant manner. Violence is deeply embedded in the plot, yet it is the manner of securing harmony in bloodless ways that is significant. The solutions to the carnage are offered on the same battlefield. The Kurukshetra war continues through epochs to our very own times and the message of victory and redemption is more pertinent today than ever before.
On the 41st edition of ‘Krishna’, Mrs. Shobha Deepak Singh says, “Research shows that perhaps the Krishna of the Mahabharata and the butter stealing Krishna are two independent entities merged into one over the vicissitude of time, the ballet treats the two identities of Krishna in diametrically converse ways. The first half of the production is devoted to the populist episodes. In this production Krishna himself elevates the status of Radha from her being just a beloved to that of her being ‘His Divine Consort’. Krishna’s end is sought by his uncle Kansa but whose end, he manages.”
The legends of the first half present a folk-hero who was surpassingly awesome and gallant in meeting the crisis confronted by a pastoral community, like threats from the animals of the forest to the herds and the herdsmen and who was therefore looked up to as a leader in his life-time and worshipped subsequently as God. The Chakradhari Krishna of the second half has been treated as one with leadership qualities, but by virtue of which he became susceptible to divine folly.
The inspiration with which the enraptured audience emerges from the presentation masterfully crafted by the nurturer of Indian cultural heritage, Mrs.Shobha Deepak Singh, lies encapsulated in, “As Sri Krishna says, And when he sees me in all and sees all in me, then I never leave him and he never leaves. And he, who in this oneness of love loves me in whatever he sees, wherever this man may live, in truth, he lives in me.”