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Ganga (the river Ganges)

at the Fleck Dance Theatre (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto)
from September 17 - 20, 2009

GANGA is a river,
GANGA is a goddess,
GANGA is the flow of life,
GANGA is a beautiful woman,
GANGA is the consort of the Gods,
GANGA is the life breath of its people.

GANGA is the perennial stream of existence arising from the mysterious source, storming, sparkling, flowing and calmly surrendering to the vast ocean.



Bali's Yagna (praise, offering, oblation)
(from left: Hemant Panwar, Kavita Pathinather, Ninthuja Nandesan, Gauri Bharati, Sagana Mahendiran and Biplob Kar)

The Completion of Bali's Yagna 
(from left: Hemant Panwar, Kavita Pathinather, Ninthuja Nandesan, Gauri Bharati, Sagana Mahendiran and Biplob Kar)

Vamina's Visit to Bali's Court

Vamana is received in Bali's Court (Hemant Panwar, Arjun Mandava, Biplob Kar)

Vamina Pushing King Bali into the Underworld (Hemant Panwar, Arjun Mandava)

 

GANGA is the symbol of purity and eternal cycle of life, one that pervades the Heaven, the Earth and the Underworld in Time and Space. According to Indian thinking, the divine consciousness manifests through Creation, Preservation and Destruction which is connected with three Supreme Gods – BRAHMA – the creator, VISHNU – the preserver and SHIVA – the destroyer. GANGA is the creation of all three Gods. The energy was started from the big toe of Vishnu, which was collected by Brahma in a Kamandal and given the form of a beautiful woman. Before GANGA descended on earth, she was held captive in the hair locks of Shiva and was charged with his energy.

 


Birth of Ganga (Kala Vageesan)


After Birth of Ganga
(from left: Reshmi Chetram, Sindhu Jeyarajah, Kala Vageesan, Mala Pisharody and Tanya Papinazath)

Ganga Received by Apsras (the heavenly dancers) 
(from left: Kala Vageesan, Mala Pishody, Reshmi Chetram, Taniya Papinazath)

In Indian numerology and astrology number SEVEN plays a very important part. All the important episodes connected with GANGA are in number seven. When GANGA was born in heaven, she was worshipped by Sapta Rishi – Seven Sages – who represent seven rays of light. On her way to earth, in space GANGA was surrounded by Sapta Marut – Seven Winds. On earth GANGA splits in Sapta Sindhu – Seven Streams. On earth GANGA marries King Shantanu and gives birth to eight sons but kills Sapta Putra – Seven Sons because of a previous curse.


Adoration of Ganga by Sapta Rishi (Seven Sages)
(clockwise from centre top: Anthony Guerra, Ninthuja Nandesan, Chad Walesac, 
Gauri Bharati, Sagana Mahendiran, Biplob Kar, Jeneta Rubaranjan)


Adoration of Ganga by Sapta Rishi (Seven Sages)
(clockwise from centre top: Anthony Guerra, Ninthuja Nandesan, Chad Walesac, 
Gauri Bharati, Sagana Mahendiran, Biplob Kar, Jeneta Rubaranjan)

Adoration of Ganga by Sapta Rishi (Seven Sages)
(clockwise from centre bottom: Biplob Kar, Jeneta Rubaranjan, Anthony Guerra, Ninthuja Nandesan, Chad Walesac, 
Gauri Bharati, Sagana Mahendiran)

Ganga in Heaven with Apsras
(from left: Mala Pisharody, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Divya Divakaran, 
Kala Vageesan, Hirrenya Rajasekeran, Reshmi Chetram, Taniya Papinzath)

Ganga in Heaven with Apsras
(from left: Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Divya Divakaran, Kala Vageesan, Hirrenya Rajasekeran, Reshmi Chetram)

Apsras in Heaven (from left: Mala Pisharody, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Taniya Papinzath, Reshmi Chetram)

Ganga with Apsras (Heavenly Dancers) (from left: Divya Divakaran, Mala Pisharody, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, 
Kala Vageesan, Reshmi Chetram, Hirrenya Rajasekeran, Taniya Papinzath)

Entry of Durvasa (Hemant Panwar)

Durvasa's Curse to Ganga (Kala Vageesan, Hemant Panwar and Company)

Ganga Dejected After Durvasa's Curse
(from left: Mala Pisharody, Reshmi Chetram, Sinthuja Jeyarajah, Taniya Papinazath, and Kala Vageesan)

Ganga being cheered up by Friends
(from left: Reshmi Chetram, Kala Vageesan,  Sinthuja Jeyarajah and Mala Pisharody)

Ganga with Friends
(from left: Taniya Papinazath, Reshmi Chetram, Kala Vageesan Mala Pisharody and Sinthuja Jeyarajah)

Ganga with Friends
(from left: Taniya Papinazath, Mala Pisharody, Kala Vageesan. Sinthuja Jeyarajah and Reshmi Chetram)


Meeting of Ganga and Mahabhishekh in Heaven
(Kala Vageesan and Janak Khendry)



Bhaghiratha's Prayer for the Descent of Ganga (Seshadri Iyengar)

Bhaghiratha Prostate and Ganga Agrees to come down to Earth (Seshadri Iyengar, Kala Vageesan)

Ganga in Space, surrounded by Seven Storms and Seven Winds

Seven Storms and Seven Winds

Seven Storms and Seven Winds

Shiva Receives Ganga in His Hair (Shiva: Hemant Panwar)

Shiva's Dance of Joy after trapping Ganga 
in his hair (Hemant Panwar)

Bhaghiratha Prays to Shiva to Release Ganga

Ganga splits into Seven Streams after being released from Shiva's locks

 

When Shiva graciously released Ganga from his locks, she came down to earth and divided herself into Seven Streams that have distinct characters and colours.


MARUDHRUDHI (Mala Pisharody)

PARUSHNI (Taniya Papinazath)                           YAMUNA (Sinthuja Jeyarajah)

SHUTUDRI (Reshmi Chetram)

SARASWATI (Divya Divakaran)

ARJIKA (Mala Pisharody)

Bhaghiratha's Joy at Ganga's Arrival on Earth (Kala Vageesan, Seshadri Iyengar)

Bhaghiratha's Joy at Ganga's Arrival on Earth (Seshadri Iyengar, Kala Vageesan)

Bhaghiratha leads Ganga to Ganga Sagar to wash away the ashes of his ancesters (Kala Vageesan and Sashedri Iyengar)

Meeting of Ganga and King Shantanu (Kala Vageesan and Janak Khendry)

King Shantanu asks Ganga to marry him.
(Janak Khendry Kala Vageesan)

Ganga drowns all seven children at birth in the river. (Kala Vageesan)

King Shantanu pleads with Ganga not to kill the eighth child (Janak Khendry and Kala Vageesan)


Ganga has been the greatest source of irrigation and navigation for centuries.


Farmers
(Taniya Papinazath, Reshmi Chetram, Sinthuja Jeyarajah and Mala Pisharody)


Farmers
(Mala Pisharody, Sinthuja Jeyarajah and Reshmi Chetram)


Farmers
(Taniya Papinazath, Mala Pisharody, Reshmi Chetram and Sinthuja Jeyarajah)


Boatmen (Chad Walasek, Biblop Kar and Anthony Guerra)


Boatmen: the Big Catch (Chad Walasek, Biblop Kar and Anthony Guerra)


Boatmen Transporting Passengers
(Sagana Mahendiran, Kavita Pathinather, Gauri Bharti, Ninthuha Nandesan, Anthony Guerra, Biblop Kar and Chad Walasek)
All through the centuries GANGA has been an important part of Indian religion, literature and art. Hundreds of caves have been carved and temples built and dedicated to GANGA. Volumes of poetry by poets of different faiths have been written about it, many books have been written by the Western scholars, thousands of sculptural images have been carved and for centuries prayers have been sung and offered to the river in its praise.
Homage to Ganga by the poets Kabir and Nazir (Janak Khendry)



Devisureshwari: Based on the eighth century poet-philosopher, Shankracharya's poem is the glorification of GANGA in all her aspects.



(Gauri Bharati, Reshmi Chetram, Divya Divakaran, Sinthuja Jeyaranjah, Sagana Mahendiran, Ninthuja Nandesan, Taniya Papinazath, Mala Pisharody, Hirrenya Rajasekeran and Jeneta Rubaranjan)


Audience Response to GANGA

“Brilliant choreography” “Outstanding performance” “Never seen anything like this before” “Feast of dance and colour” “Amazing beauty and formalperfection” “Truly inspirational” “Never experienced such complexity performed with such absolute grace” “The choreography, the dancers, music and message to human kind about protecting our environments was exceptional” “Spectacular visual display” “The choreographic presentation itself is classic” “Choreography was thrillingly beautiful, hypnotic and strikingly dramatic” “The presentation of Ganga was moving and absorbing experience with wonderful lighting”.

 


Creators of GANGA
Choreography: Janak Khendry
Research Advisor: Dr. Tulsiram Sharma
Music Composer: Ashit Desai
Lighting: Bradley Trenaman
Computer and Graphic Design: Eddie Kastrau
Publicity: Rupal Shah
Photo Credits: David Hou and Manpreet Sokhi (MansaPhotography)

Artists of GANGA

Gauri Bharati
Reshmi Chetram
Divya Divakaran 
Anthony Guerra 
Seshadri Iyengar 
Sinthujaa Jeyarajah
Biplob Kar
Janak Khendry
Sagana Mahendiran 
Arjun Mandava
Ninthuja Nandesan
Hemant Panwar 
Taniya Papinazath 
Kavita Pathinather
Mala Pisharody 
Harinnya Ragasekeran
Jeneta Rubaranjan
Kala Vageesan 
Chad Walasek

Government Support
Ontario Arts Council

Corporate Sponsors
The State Bank of India-Canada
India Tourism – Toronto
Sayal Charitable Foundation

Private Donors
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gladstone; Mr. and Mrs. Rakesh Goenka; Mr. and Mrs. Ajit Jain; Mr. and Mrs. Raj Kothari; Mr. and Mrs. Utpal Mitra; Mr. and Mrs. Tapas Mookerjea; Dr. Dhun Noria and Mr. Farokh Noria; Mr. and Mrs. Hari Panday; Mr. and Mrs. Devendra Peer; Mr. and Mrs. Raju Rangaswami; Mr. Irfahan Rawji; Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Rubinoff; Mr. and Mrs. K. S. Senathirajah; Dr. Arun Seth and Dr. Asha Seth; Miss Rina Singha; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Ajit Someshwar and Dr. and Mrs. Naren Wagle.

Media Support
Asian Television Network
My Bindi
The Dance Current Magazine

Kalaimanram of Canada has my gratitude for sharing its dancers.

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