South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Shakti Chakra – The Energy Cycle

a Bharatnatyam dance ballet by Natya Dance Theatre

Sat, February 20, 2010 | Akins High School (10701 S. 1st Street, Austin, TX 78748)

6:00 PM

Natya Dance Theatre, one of Chicago’s most critically acclaimed Indian dance companies, will
revisit its popular work Shakti Chakra – The Energy Cycle. Conceived and choreographed by
Natya Founder and Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan and Associate Artistic Director Krithika Rajagopalan, Shakti Chakra uses the classical Bharata Natyam dance form to portray the five activities of the gods according to Hindu philosophy:creation,sustenance, protection, purification and dissolution. An ensemble of 10 dancers will be performing at Austin at Akins High School, 10701 S. 1st Street, Austin, TX, on Saturday, February 20 at 6 p.m.

Shakti Chakra – The Energy Cycles uses the classical Bharata Natyam dance form to portray the five divine acts of the gods according to Hindu philosophy: creation, sustenance, protection, purification and dissolution. The activities are presented in abstract segments using pure dance movement to convey the idea of each act, followed by interpretational segments using expressional dance and gestural sequences.  With a rich vocabulary of facial expressions, precise dancing, and a balance of solemnity and humor, the Natya dancers describe a spiritual reality through a contemporary sensibility.

Shakti Chakra opens with “Creation,” where Lord Vishnu, resting on a snake, creates Brahma, who then creates the universe which is made up of five elements: space, wind, fire, water and earth.

In “Sustenance,” the second section, the Six Evils—Lust, Desire, Greed, Pride, Anger and Jealousy—are considered to be the cause of obstacles in the spiritual evolution of man.  These evils, each depicted by a dancer, are subsequently removed by the gods.

In “Protection,” Lord Vishnu protects his devotee Prahalada by appearing in the form of a half man-
half lion, tearing apparent the evil King Hiranyakasipu, whose blasphemy has angered the god.

“Purification” finds the evolving soul on its way toward purification, assuming the role of a mother,
lover and a devotee.

The work closes with the fifth and final act, “Dissolution,” an abstract piece where the manifested
world is reabsorbed into the unmanifested spirit of God.  God then begins creating the world anew through his spiritual energy, thus continuing the cycle.

Adults: $20/Students/Seniors:$10;  Free for ICMCA members.


Sponsored by: The Indian Classical Music Circle of Austin

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