“Peace, an unfolding – a Pallavi”
“Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti ||”
“O Lord keep me not in (the Phenomenal World of) Unreality, but make me go towards the Reality (of Eternal Self),
Keep me not in (the Ignorant State of) Darkness, but make me go towards the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
Keep me not in (the World of) Mortality, but make me go towards the World of Immortality (of Self-Realization)
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.”
To Blossom in Peace is an abstract dance presentation that unfolds gradually from simple to intricate movement patterns alongside the elaboration of a classically aesthetic and graceful musical composition. The dancers maintain their sense of balance, control and calm in spite of the progressive challenges of the composition – a scenario that is reflective of life and its increasing complexities.
‘Pallavi’ in Odissi repertoire implies ‘to blossom’. Like the blossoming of a flower, the Pallavi gradually unfolds upon the Raga upon which it is based, creating a beautiful tapestry of rhythm, music and movement. This abstract dance presentation concludes with a rendition of the Sanskrit shloka chant “Om Asato man Sadgamaya” that seeks peace in spite of the challenges the dancers and artists face today.