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The ‘Sri Chakra’ is a sacred geometric symbol employed in the worship of Goddess Tripurasundari according to Tantric practice. To the uninitiated, the Sri Chakra looks like a beautiful artwork consisting of circles and triangles. But hidden therein lies a well-defined path to liberation with the true seeker passing through nine enclosures (Navavaranas or 9 veils) realising the Supreme Female Power in the centre as the ‘Bindu’, a dot representing the union of Shiva and Shakti.
‘Sri Vidya Upasana’ is a form of worship using this symbol as the basis and is an amalgamation of Vedic and Tantric practices. The practitioner is referred to as a ‘Sri Vidya Upasaka’. One such Upasaka who was also a master of the art of music was the great composer Sri Muddusvami (Muthuswamy) Dikshithar, venerated as one of the Trinity of Carnatic music. His magnum opus the ‘Navavarana krithis’ are in praise of Goddess Kamalamba of Tiruvarur and represent perhaps the pinnacle of Carnatic music scholarship, a breathtaking coming together of philosophy, music and lyrics (sahitya).
Rekha Krishnan’s Sri Chakra paintings are suffused with her personal experience on this spiritual path. Sumitra Nitin in her presentation will combine the philosophy of the Sri Chakra with Rekha’s artwork and the Navavaranas which she will render along with her students.
Sumitra is a Carnatic vocalist and Bharatanatyam dancer. She is also a teacher of both art forms. Trained under eminent Gurus, Sumitra has presented vocal music concerts in several organisations in India and abroad.
Sumitra’s dance career spans three decades as performer, teacher and choreographer. She is an exponent of the Vazhuvoor style. She has choreographed and presented acclaimed thematic group dance productions with her students.
As a speaker, Sumitra has delivered multi-media presentations on many topics involving
music, dance and culture. Recently Sumitra forayed into English theatre in a production by The Madras Players, playing the lead role as a Devadasi.
Rekha is a professional artist and healer. A graduate of the Sir J.J School of Art in Mumbai, she has been exhibiting her paintings in India and internationally, for several years, besides doing many commissioned works, including portraits. Her paintings are in several collections in India and abroad.
Rekha is a Reiki Master, teaching and practising Reiki healing as well as other forms of Energy Healing including Magnified Healing, Spiritual Healing and Goddess Energy Healing. She is also an Arts-Based Therapy practitioner.
Rekha has been a Srividya Upasaka for more than 20 years. She has been working with the energies of Yantras, and has done a deep study of the Goddess Energies, specifically the Sri Yantra. She has painted the Sri Yantra, with special focus on the Nine Avaranas, Dasa Maha Vidyas and Tithi Nithya yantras. All her paintings radiate energy and fill the surrounding space.
Besides communicating visually with the viewer, her paintings also create an ‘energy’ connection.
B K Raghu
B K Raghu is a violinist who has performed at various concert halls all over India and abroad. Taking up the violin bow at the tender age of 8, he how has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Indian Classical Carnatic Music.
An ‘A’ grade artiste from All India Radio, Bengaluru, Raghu has performed at multiple locations in India and abroad including at music festivals in the US, Canada, France, Dubai and Tanzania.
He is a recipient of the ‘Kishora Prathibe’ award from the Karnataka Government and is also a CCRT scholarship awardee.
Adamya Ramanand, a mridanga performer for more than 3 decades, had his initial training under Vidwan Sri MA Krishnamurthy and advanced training under Umayalpuram Sri K Sivaraman. He is also receiving guidance from Vidwan Arjun Kumar.
Adamya has been an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Doordarshan for over a decade. He won the first place in the AIR National level annual music competition in the year 2003. He is also a recipient of the CMANA award from the Percussive Arts Centre, the Ragalayaprabha award from Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira and the Ananya Yuva Puraskara from Ananya GML Academy.
Adamya has performed at multiple venues in India and abroad. He has also been guiding young mridanga aspirants for the past decade.
Natyasruti Music Ensemble
Since 2002 Sumitra has trained numerous students at her dance and music school ‘Natyasruti’ in Bangalore. The Natyasruti music ensemble comprises the senior students of Sumitra Nitin. They have been meticulously trained and have been invited to perform at eminent forums. Recently one group from Natyasruti won the first prize in the Madras Music Academy devotional music competition.