Navarathri is an Indian Classical Dance Festival practiced in Malaysia. It is a festival dedicated to the divine female energy and supreme Mother Durga. ‘Nava’ means 9 and ‘Rathri’ means night. For 9 days and 9 nights, Indian Classical Dancers dance during this period in temples for the auspiciousness and blessings to be received bestowed upon them by the cosmic energy of Shakti. In celebration of Goddess Durga in 3 forms; Goddess Durga the first 3 days, Goddess Lakshmi the second 3 days and Goddess Sarawasti the last days culminating in Vijayadasami marking the symbol of victory over evil. Each day is represented by 9 different Goddesses.
The 2nd 3 days is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. The first day is dedicated to Goddess Kushmanda. Believed to be the creative power of the universe, Kushmanda associated with the endowment of vegetation on earth and hence, the color of the day is Green. She is depicted as having eight arms and sits on a Tiger.
Dance Item: Kolabati Pallavi
A classic composition of the late Guru Debaprasad Das, this Sabhinaya Pallavi concludes with a short song by Banamali Das, one of Odisha’s illustrious medieval poets, evoking the mood and love play of the elusive pastoral God, Krishna, my favourite poet and abhinaya items.
However, for Navarathri, only the pure dance part is performed here. The full item is performed to a live audience. Kolabati Pallavi is my dance item. It was not the first dance item I learned but later after a few. The minute I heard the music, I knew this was my dance. My entire being was heightened to another level from the choreographed entrance right to the end, the movements came to me so naturally in sync eventhough I have not even learned the steps, just followed in class. It brought out my personality and ‘abhinaya’, the dance so perfectly created it can bring out the ‘angin’ in unison with my temperament as a dancer.
Composition by: Guru Deba Prasad Das
Dancer and Artiste: Michelle Jueney
Navarathri Festival in Covid Time.
Date: 20 OCT 2020, DAY 4
20th October 2020