A Divine Dance at Srirangam by Sugathan Mohandass

The Mylapore Trio, Sugathan and Members of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation celebrated the divine Margazhi at the Bhooloka Vaikuntam Srirangam in a different manner recently. Every year they make a Pilgrimage cum Cultural Tour to Srirangam during the month of Margazhi. This year too they visited Thiruvarangam and had great darshan of the presiding deities. They are immensely inspired by the sanctity and artistic divinity of this most sacred Vaishnavite temple which is a treasure house of art and architecture. The Mylapore Trio and Sugathan were amazed to see and study these divine wonders and hence decided to bring them to much limelight through divine dance. Hence Sugathan Mohandass presented Signature Dance Postures on Lord Ranganatha from the songs “Yean Palli Kondeer Ayya Sri Ranganatha” composed by Arunachala Kavirayar, and “Rangapura Vihara” composed by Muthuswamy Dikshitar. This was presented as a “Naatyaasana Samarpanam” to the Lord, as an offering of worship, during the sacred month of Margazhi. It was conceived and presented at the famous “Sesharayar Mandapam” near Vellaiyammaal Gopuram and 1000 kaal mandapam which is impregnated with rich sculptures, carvings including more than life size statues belonging to the Nayak period. These depict beautiful images of Dasavataras, Kings, Warriors, Horse Riders, Legendry Birds, Animals, Ganas, Celestial Beings, Unique and Peculiar Images, Creatures, Dwarfs and many more, surprisingly even sculptures of Lord Natraja, Kali, Murga were also identified by our team. It was a real feast to the eyes of the artists and connoisseurs. Sugathan was much inspired by these stone poetries that he gave brilliant postures to highlight these historical treasures. It is also a way of offering our devotion and loyalty to the Lord Narayana at His First Abode amongst the 108 Divya Desams. According to Sugathan he has a special connection to Srirangam - “Chera Kula Valli” (belonging to his nativity Kerala) the daughter of Kulasekhara Alwar and an ardent Devadasi - Devotee of Lord Ranganatha was given in marriage to Him and finally attained His lotus feet at this sacred temple. Therefore he has a message to convey and a point to score. 

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