Mangaluru, Mar 29, 2018: Briefing media, Gaana Nritya Academy Guru Vidyasri Radhakrishna said that Kristha Patha is an unique Bharathanatyam repertoire based on the Biblical themes of faith, hope and love shown by Jesus Christ himself to mankind. The compositions are within the framework of a Bharathanatyam Margam or path.
Gaana Nritya Academy, in association with Dr Roshan Maben and Dr E V S Maben, will organise a Bharathanatyam repertoire on Christ titled “Kristha Patha” by Ruth Prithika, at Town Hall, in Mangaluru, on April 1, Sunday.
"Kristha Patha is based on Jesus Christ, Bible and God. The music has been composed for the purpose. The repertoire has proved that art has no barrier of religion. It transcends the barriers of religion", she said.
"All the Nritya Bandhas of Kristha Patha is in Kannada and a majority of the sequences are choreographed by Vidyasri Radhakrishna. This is one unique programme in the history of Bharathanatyam in Mangaluru," she added.
Mangaluru Diocesan Bishop Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, CSI Dakshina Prantha retired Bishop Rev Dr C L Furtado and art critic Prathibha Samaga will be the chief guests, Dr E V S Maben, father of Ruth said.
Ruth is currently pursuing computer science engineering at NMAMIT, Nitte. She has been learning Bharathanatyam since the tender age of five. She has successfully completed her Vidwath exam in Bharathanatyam and junior grade in Carnatic music. She has performed with the Gaana Nritya Academy at various stages in and around the country. She has also performed at the Doordarshan studio in Delhi for Prasar Bharati during the ABU Dance festival in 2016. She is also been trained in Kathak and Odissi dance forms through the workshops organised by the Academy.
Stating that Vidhushi Ruth Prithika is the first to get the title of Vidhushi in Protestant Christian community (CSI), Ruth hitched her wagon to the stars and enthralled audiences and judges in various district, state and national level programmes and competitions. Along with other
artistes of GNA, Ruth performed for Dhoordharshan, New Delhi, sculpting for herself the stature of National Level Artiste. All the accolades won are well-deserved as Ruth has successfully completed her Junior, Senior and Vidhwath exams of Bharatha Natyam. Complementing the dance form is her prowess in violin and piano. The highest echelon of accomplishment is her academic brilliance in her educational pursuit of Engineering Degree at NMAMIT, Nitte after her earlier education at St. Theresa’s and Lourdes Central School.
In this fast paced world of consumerism and materialism, well-informed and clear sighted youth, blessed with worthwhile talents can be the ambassadors of change and ensure the health of a society. Ruth, undoubtedly, is one such youngster and if she is in the right place,at the right time, she can create wonders in the magical and mystical world of Bharathanatyam.
Short synopsis of this performance : KristhaPatha is a unique Bharatanatyam recital based on the Biblical themes of faith, hope and love shown by Jesus Christ himself to mankind. The repertoire begins with a pushpanjali based on the seven days of creation, followed by the birth of Jesus, His ministries, His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection. It ends with a message that the risen Christ continues to dwell in the hearts of mankind, guiding them in the path of righteousness. All the dance compositions are within the framework of a Bharathanatyam Margam.
NOTE : Guru Vidyashree Radhakrishna-Established the institution in 1994, choreographed several solo, group and thematic ballets and performed all over India and abroad. Many of her students have won state, national and International level competitions and received scholarships and awards. She is a graded artiste of Doordarshan. Having expertise in both Bharatanatyam and carnatic vocal, she has not only conceptualized and presented several child friendly ballets, but also scripted and choreographed concept based traditional repertoires. As a director, she has organized several festivals such as Aarohana, Nrityadhara and Nrityaniranthara under the banner of GNA.