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“Ram Katha” by Sathyanarayana Raju

March 27, 2017

“Ram Katha” by Sathyanarayana Raju
organized by
The Theosophical Society (Bangalore) to raise funds for their new building

Rama Katha explores briefly some of the facets of Rama’s relationships and is a concise delineation of excerpts and episodes strung together. Some of the relationships and characters that have been included are: Kousalya – the mother, Sita, Dasharatha, his devotees: Hanuman, Guha and Sabari, his prime enemy Ravana. Rama Katha – is a dance drama performed by Sathyanarayana Raju delineating the story of Rama.

Rama Katha takes you briefly to some of the facets of Ramas relationships by stringing together excerpts and episodes of Rama. It is not easy to portray multiple characters by a solo thematic presentation, but Sathyanarayana Raju has done this challenging portrayal of multiple characters with ease. He gracefully switches from one character to the other displaying all this with verve and takes one through the life of Rama. Kausalya – the mother, Sita, Dasharatha, his devotee Hanuman, Guha, Shabari and his prime enemy Ravana are some of the characters that are portrayed in the Ram Katha. Their relationship with Rama is very vividly and gracefully showcased.

Rama Katha is choreographed by Sathyanarayana Raju, concept and visualization is by Usha RK and Music composition & compilation is by Vidwan Sri DS Srivatsa

About Karnataka Kalashri Sri Sathyanarayana Raju:
He is a Bharata Natyam dancer of Calibre and Poise. With enormous effort, hard work, dedication and practice Sathyanarayana Raju has made a mark in this world of Dance that is monopolised by the female dancers. Sathya performances amalgamates the intrinsic elements of Bharata Natyam, Nritta, Abhinaya, movements with fluidity. Sathya is easily one of Bangalore’s most sought after dancers.

Sathya trained under Sangeet Natak Academy awardee the late Guru Narmada of Shakuntala Nrityalaya. His other teachers include Subhadra Prabhu & B. Bhanumathi. Sathya is also a skilled Kathak dancer, trained under Dr. Maya Rao and Chitra Venugopal at the Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography. Amongst his noteworthy performances are Kshetram with well known dancer Lata Pada, Bhadrachala Ramadas Charirtram, Thyagaraja Vaibhavam, Deeksha based on compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Sathya was recently awarded by ABHAI the title of NARTHAKA NIPUNA and the title of Karnataka Kalashree by Karnataka Sangeetha Nruthya Academy.

A solo thematic presentation is a challenge for any dancer. Having to portray multiple characters switching from one to the other instantly, keeping the essence of each character intact and displaying all this with verve is not an easy task. Sathyanarayana Raju has attempted to take us on a journey into the life and relationships of Rama.
Rama Katha has been performed in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Singapore earlier.

About the Theosophical Society ( Bangalore) and the Cause
Over the years the Theosophical society of Karnataka has funded many programs through their charitable work. Their active work in the education and health sectors has funded operations of village schools by providing study materials, uniforms, awareness camps, scholarships, free coaching classes etc. The society has also raised funds for helping differently abled people by giving them financial aid to help start their businesses, by providing mobility equipment, in organising health camps, getting the needy timely surgeries and medical attention.

The Theosophical Society was formed in New York on the 17th of November 1875, and was incorporated at Chennai (Madras) on the 3rd of April 1905. Its three declared Objectives are :
•To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour.
•To encourage the study of Comparative Religion, Philosophy and Science.
•To investigate unexplained laws of Nature and the powers latent in man.

The Cause : The main branch of the Karnataka Theosophical Federation is situated on KR Road, Bangalore. There are 4 branches in Bangalore of which the Malleswaram branch situated on 8th cross, Malleswaram was started 100 years ago as one small building constructed on a plot donated by a member for the activities of the Theosophical Society. The Malleswaram Lodge, as it is called, was inaugurated by Ms. Annie Besant herself. The building is now old and is unsafe for use. The building has to be re-built and funds have to be raised for the same. The Society has no income of its own. The cost of the building which includes one hall, library, toilet, kitchen, lecture rooms etc is estimated to be around at least Rs. 50 lakhs.

The members of the Karnataka Theosophical Federation (KTF), Bangalore, have sought support from NADAM in organizing the events in order to raise funds for the above mentioned cause of reconstruction of the Malleshwaram building. The founder-directors- Nandini K Mehta and K Murali Mohan will be raising awareness and funds from both these events.

Tickets are available on http://www.bookmyshow.com

Saturday | 1st April 2017 | 6.30 PM to 9.30 PM

Venue:
Chowdiah Memorial Hall
16th Cross,
Gayathri Devi Park Extension,
Vyalikaval,
Malleswaram,
Bangalore 560003.

Directions to the Venue : http://goo.gl/maps/tquFl

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