Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose presents “Rivers—A Mystical Journey.” Conceived by Shantha Raman, the performance features choreography by Abhinaya artistic director and founder Mythili Kumar and principal dancer Rasika Kumar, along with live music.
“The concert, presented with live music, will present vignettes depicting the sacred rivers of India and the unceasing flow of life on their banks. Life and the river are analogous,” says Mythili Kumar.
From ancient times, rivers have been given immense honor and respect in India. With their sustaining waters, rivers were compared to the nurturing mother, and hence deified as river goddesses. A dip in a holy river is said to give the devotee eternal salvation. Legends abound about the origin and descent of the five sacred rivers of India which are Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Godavari, and Cauvery. These holy rivers also feature as the settings in the classic epic stories of Krishna and Rama. As a boatman makes his mystical journey down these five rivers he recounts the amazing stories and visions that the rivers invoke.
The featured performers also Radhika Kannan, Preeti Vissa, Anjana Dasu, Leena Kadakia, Yatrika Ajaya, Lakshmi Venkatesan, Pooja Sohoni, and guest dancer Shirni Surapaneni. Music by Babu Parameshwaran(vocals, composition), Mythili Kumar and Malavika Kumar (nattuvangam), N. Narayan (mridangam and kanjira), Shanthi Narayan (violin), Ragavan Manian (flute) and Ravi Gutala (tabla).