Paramhamsa Swami Vishwananda ji presenting Radha Raman to Radhika Ramanujan
Vrindavan, 2018.02.23 (VT): ‘Vrindavan Today’ celebrated the ‘Eternal Friendship of Krishna and Yamuna’ in a cultural event at the stage of Gambhira, Jai Singh Ghera in Vrindavan. ‘Sakhyam’ a Bharatnatyam production was performed by ‘Trayi’, a group made up of three soloist dancers from Bangaluru. The Bharatnatyam depicted the pastime of Krishna’s eternal friendship with Yamuna. The performance exemplified the soul and body- connect of everyone present in the hall.
The 49 minutes performance in presence of the ‘Divine three’ of His Holiness Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami ji, His Holiness Paramhamsa Swami Vishwananda and His Holiness Mahant Satyanarayan Das marked a delightful devotional evening.
The Bharatnatyam was splendidly performed by three artists including Smt. Anuradha Venkatraman, Smt. Ramaa Venugoplan and Smt. Radhika Ramanujan. The entire hall of Gambhira was packed with the audience, who enjoyed the delightful medley of Bharatnatyam moves and captivating expressions.
The artists were deeply immersed in the emotions themselves, as the mystic Bharatnatyam spellbound the devotees of Yamuna. The entire performance was not only about the speedy works pf the feet and the complexity of technique, but the zest was added with the ravishing light design. All through the performance, the lights played the characters on stage.
The event began with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest His Holiness Paramhamsa Swami Vishwananda, and worshiping Shri Radha Raman ji and Vrinda Devi by His Holiness Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami ji and Mahant Satyanarayan Das Babaji.
In his welcome address His Holiness Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami said, “Krishna killed many demons during His pastime. But he didn’t kill Kaliya, only chastised him. Although, he killed Aghasura, a cousin of Kaliya, but a lease of life was given to Kaliya.”“Probably by not killing Kaliya, Shri Krishna wanted to give the message that even being the almighty god, having all the powers he couldn’t decimate pollution. He could merely contain it. Despite all the modern science and technology it is very difficult to decimate the pollution, it can only be contained. After Kaliya left the Yamuna to reside in the ocean, it became the nectar again and Shri Krishna celebrated it,” added Goswami ji.
At the end, the artists were given the photos of Shri Radharaman ji by the Chief Guest Paramhamsa Swami Vishwananda; Mahant Satyanarayan Das ji, the President of Vrindavan Today Foundation and Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami, Patron of Vrindavan Today.
Talking to the Vrindavan Today media, the artists said that it was an honor for them to perform in Vrindavan, as this is Krishna’s land where Yamuna is flowing. They were pained to see the plight of Yamuna in Vrindavan. They made an emotional appeal to the government that it should do some provision which helps an uninterrupted and unpolluted Yamuna to flow on the ghats of Vrindavan.