New production featuring Roja, Priya, Srikanth and Aswathy

Four senior dancers - Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N Srkanth and Aswathy are presenting a new production "Mathru Devo Bhava" on November 9, at The Music Academy.

This production has been funded a scheme of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India..

The production eulogises mothers and motherhood in the Bharatanatyam idiom.

Chennai-based Roja Kannan says as dancers "it is essential that we reach out, express ourselves, be a part of the dynamic existence. Indian classical arts with its divine origin is so malleable, a language that can communicate- where the written word or the spoken one stops the natya takes over."

Parashah is a group of like-minded artistes who say that they, with their intense training in Bharatanatyam would like to reach out to society through Natya, to communicate and to entertain. An acronym of its members (Priya, Roja, Srikanth and Aswathy) Parashah in Sanskrit means the alchemist's stone.

"We would like to touch the lives of our rasikas like that stone," says Priya Murle, a sishya of Sudharani Raghupathy.

The group has many productions that have reached out to audiences the world over - "Bharatha Samudaayam Vaazhgavay", "Meendum Bharathi"' Annaiyay Potri", "Ardhanareeswarar Kuravanji", and "Prapatti Margam". These have  won accolades for the content, choreography , music and the dancing.

Says Roja, "In this production we attempt to explore the relationship of those mothers who have an extra special bond with their children."  The inspiration is from the Yashoda-Krishna, Leelavathi-Prahlada, and Shakuntala-Bharata lives.

Adds Roja, "These mothers faced many trials and tribulations but for them the joys of motherhood could not be taken for granted."

The lyrics are by Revathi Sankaran and music by Nandini Sharma Anand