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Aspec­tac­u­lar dance drama per­for­mance ‘Murlidhar’ based on life of Lord Kr­ishna was or­gan­ised at Sant Gadge Au­di­to­rium of Sangeet Natak Academy on Satur­day evening. The drama was held on the oc­ca­sion of third death an­niver­sary of Dauji Maharaj, a renowned vo­cal­ist and vi­o­lin­ist.

The chief guest on the oc­ca­sion was Iskcon Luc­know chair­man Apri­may Shyam Das. The per­for­mance was held un­der the aegis of Third Wing and Jy­otir­mayee Bal Rang­manch, which pro­motes the­atre pro­duc­tion for chil­dren. The play was pre­pared un­der the guid­ance of Puneet Asthana and was con­cep­tulised by Saroj Agar­wal. Murlidhar was di­rected by Ke­shav Pan­dit.

An at­tempt was made to show the var­i­ous forms of Lord Kr­ishna in the play by kids aged be­tween five to 14 years. “They be­longed to dif­fer­ent English medium schools of the city and it was amaz­ing to see them speak in per­fect Brij bhasha through­out their roles,” said Vi­namra Agar­wal who helped with stage and light­ing pro­duc­tion.

They per­formed on stage with sheer en­thu­si­asm, to bring forth a plethora of emo­tions which brought the au­di­ence, close to tears. They pro­jected the life of Kr­ishna with the live­li­ness of his child­hood days and coura­geous acts of adult­hood. They per­formed acts in­clud­ing Kr­ishna’s child­hood pranks, word ban­ters with ‘gopi’s’, con­fronta­tions with his mother Yashodha and his courage to fight with Kansa and more.

Amongst the melodies of song and mu­sic, the chil­dren pre­sented scenes of ‘baal leela’, which made the peo­ple sit­ting in the au­di­to­rium quite emo­tional. The duet dance se­quence of Kr­ishna and Kalia naag fight earned huge ap­plause. The scene, on stage, of the com­plains re­ceived by Yashodha, re­gard­ing his habit of ‘makhan chori’, also left the au­di­ence in splits.

Apari­may Shyam Das ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and shar­ing his views on the im­por­tance of im­part­ing val­ue­based ed­u­ca­tion. He stressed on mak­ing chil­dren ex­posed to an en­vi­ron­ment which boosts their con­fi­dence.

Snapshots from the dance drama ‘Murlidhar’ held at Sangeet Natak Academy on Satur­day.


Ach­intya Ru­pani Dasi, Apari­may Shyam Das & Nan­dita

Neha & Sakshi

Vi­namra Agar­wal

Shilpa Gupta

Bindu Rai, Jy­oti Rai

Anurag Bhasin

Aparna Bhar­gava


Ke­shav Singh


Saral Bhasin

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