The Story – whenever righteousness fails and adharma raises its ugly head, the supreme releases himself in the world as Krishna .
Born to a persecuted royal family, baby Krishna is hidden away from Kamsa in a neighbouring village. He is brought up by his foster parents who dote on him – As per the predictions of Sage Narada, Krishna, grows up honest and super strong in one incident, kills Kamsa easily, freeing his parents from prison and earning great fame. News travels from house to house, village to kingdoms – His philosophy about religion starts young when he advices his father to stop wasting nature on useless pursuits such as sacrifices to appease Gods – Gods that needed to be bribed wouldn't be much of God at all! Driven by this victory over Kamsa, he leaves his beloved people and pursues his duty to protect his kinsmen, the weak Yadavs from the tyrants such as Jarasandha and Paundrika, evil kings to name a few.
Krishna in this production is seen donning different roles, his mother Devaki pleads with him to come back to Mathura and that was one promise he had to keep. He manages to motivate his brethren, the Yadava princes to mend their warring and bickering ways and opt for a more disciplined way of life. But oops sometimes wins brides in his quest for peace.
Krishna made a lot of enemies but also some friends like the lord of the air, Garuda, who had fought with him atop the Gomantaka hill. The exploits and events in his life cannot be contained in a two and a half hour performance. I believe that he was born to teach us the philosophy that has made us what we are today in the eyes of the world. He had supported his cousins, the simple and peace loving Pandavas, who were plagued by hard ships by their cousins - the avaricious Kouravas – especially Duryodhan.
Krishna's fame spreads beyond the seas for his tact and victory at almost any war, in Panchala, its princess – Draupadi wants revenge on Drona, the teacher of the mighty Kurus- Her clan felt that Only Krishna had the strength to oppose this lethal enemy and hope that Krishna would marry Draupadi and aid her in defeating her tormentors.
Krishna convinces Draupadi that faith in the supreme works miracles and wins her a groom of her heart and saves her from a marriage of convenience - Krishna is seen giving comfort to his friends like Bhanumati, Draupadi and Arjuna and even the wicked Duryodhan – those who trust in him infinitely and seen destroying the army of Jarasandha, Sishupala and Paundrika.
- “Kaleidoscope of colour, with Kalarpana’s promising dancers pirouetting, swaying and leaping along with Shobana who in the title role lent a contemporary edge to the traditional epic with her novel choreography”. - The Hindu.
- “The dialogue - drama, delivered through a stunning performance, had all the elements that would attract a regular spectator”. - Khaleej City Times (Dubai).
Is a quest to present Indian performing traditions in a collage of rhythm, kaleidoscope of colours, Sensual poetry and traditional Bharatnatyam. The ever-evolving mythology of Siva, the avatars of Vishnu, Mary Magdalene among other streams of consciousness is apposed in a re-contextualized form rich in movement and visual imagery. Complimented by a sonic fabric ranging from Indian Classical, Qawwali, Bollywood and Electronic Music for audiences to be regaled and transported into the primordial state of being in Trance.
- By all means a performance par excellence, set to rhythm.- Oman Times.
- Shobana's Visualisation is all about speed and split-second timing and there is no room for error.
- Behind that facade is a keen dancer who subtly follows every beat in the unpredictable mosaic, who executes the steps with conviction. Rupa Srikant, The Hindu.
Maya Ravan is a 2 hours dance ballet where the medium of communication is a union of hand gestures and body movements of classical and film dances of India. The Ballet is based on the life of the demon king ‘Ravan’ who rules over the kingdom of Lanka from the great Indian mythological epic ‘Ramayana’. Ravan is portrayed as an ambitious, egoistic but charming in the quest to win Lord Rama’s wife Sita. We also get to hear lesser known stories of Ravan’s origin.
Rama befriends a tribe of primates led by Hanuman who vow to assist him in his quest to bring back Sita. Hanuman goes to Lanka to mediate and bring back Sita without bloodshed. Ravan in turn answers by setting Hanuman’s tail on fire!! Thus sown are the seeds of great battle in Indian mythological history which is beautifully performed in the ballet. Ravan’s death act leaves the viewers in tears and respect for such performance of art.
Choreographed, Directed and acted by veteran Bharatnatyam dancer and Film actress ‘Shobana’ and her dance troupe, Maya Ravan is a gripping presentation of Indian Mythology through fine arts through well choreographed music and dance which leaves the viewer mesmerized and carries a lovable perspective of Indian mythology to audiences around.
The voices are lent by celebrities like actor Naseerudhin Shah, Mohan Lal, Jackie Shroff, Suhasini Maniratnam, Revathy, John Abraham, Milind Soman and others famous film personalities.
- “The musical ‘Maya Ravan’ a path breaking show in its genre.”
- “This musical is a thorough entertainer! It is equivalent to a Broadway Musical.” Indian express.
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Joy of Indian dance captured in all its glory. - Margaret Putnam, Dallas morning news.
She sparkles like a world famous sapphire. - Chicago tribune.
It is a two hour show, with exquisite backdrop changes, stunning costumes & spectacular.