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The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Samraat Club, Margao and in association with Ravindra Bhavan, Margao is all set to present Bharatnatyam and Mayurbhanj Chau dance on June 22, 7: 45 p.m. onwards at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao. Chairman, Randra Bhavan, Prashant Naik will be the chief guest for the event. The dance performance will be presented by the Trikayaa Dance Company, a Delhi- based group run by Rakesh Sai Babu, a Mayurbhanj Chhau dancer and Priya Srinivasan a Bharatnatyam dancer.

Trikayaa includes a unique blend of two dance forms. It focuses on maintaining the purity of the individual art form nonetheless attempting to innovate with configuration and design within productions. Their performance includes pure Mayurbhanj Chhau and Bharatnatyam pieces. 

The programme will commence with the Shloka Nagendra Haraya composed and sung by Srimati Bombay Jayashree. This will be presented in an amalgamation of two dance forms Mayurbhanj Chhau and Bharatanatyam.

 Era Rara, a Javali is about a young nayika in love with the Lord Venkatesha. The nayika without any hesitation calls her lover to come and be one with her. This piece has been choreographed by Bragha Besell in Ragam Khamas set to Adi Talam, composer Patanam Subramanya Aiyyar.

Rakesh will perform a composition on Natraja in Mayurbhanj Chhau style. It showcases the various aspects of Shiva, the creator and one who is inseparable from Shakti and the destroyer. The Bhajan Sreeramachandra Krupalu Bhajamana composed by Tulsidas will be performed by Priya. The bhajan describes and extols the various physical attributes and virtues of Lord Shri Ram.

The stylisation of martial art is known as Hathiyar Dhara. It literally means holding weapons. It suggests a mood of one holding a weapon to strike. This is parallel to Tandav Bhava mentioned in Bharata Munis Natyashastra.

In the last composition, the two dancers and their art forms come together once again in a piece on Krishna.

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