Gita Jayanti Dance Drama at Kanha Shanti Vanam Celebrates Spiritual Wisdom Through Dance & Music


Today evening marked a special celebration of Gita Jayanti at the picturesque Kanha Shanti Vanam Ashram near Hyderabad, where the Nritya Priya Academy presented an enchanting dance drama.

Crafted by the Kanha’s Gitopadesh team, the performance artfully traversed the spectrum of human existence and the profound realms beyond the physical existence, delving into the profound aspects of Yoga Shastra, as propounded by Upanishads especially the Gitopanishad of Sri Krishna. Below is the complete video of the program:

Gitopadesh Summit Dance Drama at Kanha Shanti Vanam

The dance concert eloquently depicted the intricate layers of human existence, drawing from the Pancha Vimsati of Kapila Maharishi’s Sankhya Yoga. Talented young performers masterfully embodied various physical and ethereal facets of human existence, symbolizing Antahkaranas, tanmatras, Pancha Koshas, five elements, three gunas, five gyanendriyas, five karmendriyas etc culminating in the representation of Pure Consciousness depicted as Bhagavan Sri Krishna. This concert reminds me of the profoundly beautiful Atma Shatakam / Nirvana Shatakam composed by Adi Shankaracharya, which concisely encapsulates the wisdom he entire gamut of Yoga Shastra / Vedanta / Upanishads. Below is a beautiful musical rendition of Atma Shatakam by Bhanumati Narasimhan, sister of Sri Sri Ravishanakar Ji, founder of the Art of Living Foundation

Atma Shatakam by Bhanumati Narasimhan

This mesmerizing show, orchestrated by Mrs. Priyadarshini, Mr. Rama Krishna, and the dedicated members of Kanha’s Gitopadesh team, beautifully encapsulated Sri Krishna’s timeless wisdom from the Gita. Udaya Shreyas, a renowned Sanskrit scholar, provided the voiceover for the Gita Shlokas.

Interwoven within the narrative was the essence of Heartfulness Meditation, as taught by the revered Kamlesh D. Patel, fondly called as Daaji by his followers, the global guide of Heartfulness Meditation of Sri Rama Chandra Mission. The performance artfully connected the Bhagavad Geeta’s teachings with the spiritual practices of Heartfulness Meditation, emphasizing the transmission of Prana (Pranahuti / Shaktipaat) as well as the subtle wisdom of Self Realization through Grace/Kripa, akin to Krishna’s transmission of wisdom to Arjuna.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the brilliantly choreographed Indian classical dance drama, a spell binding and captivating. It’s a beautiful experience to cherish. I congratulate Jeevitha Ravipati, Priyadarshini, Ramky, Jayanthi, Depika Reddy, Mahitha Iragamreddy and the entire Gitopadesh team for organising two day annual Gitopadesh Summit at Kanha Shanti Vanam, of which this dance drama is a part. This is worth watching for all the Spiritual seekers across the world, who are connoisseurs of Indian classical art forms. You will find this performance a captivating and enriching experience.


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