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Theosophy declining in human life: Jalota

By Gourab Gupta, Kolkata, Aug 2 : Indian devotional singer Anup Jalota, who is known as 'Bhajan Samraat', on Friday noted that the human race is presently witnessing a rapid slump in patience level which is causing decline of space for theosophy in human life.


He said, "When you consume a sweet, you must eat it gradually. But when you try to gobble it up, then what you lose is the interest in it."

Jalota was addressing a press conference organized by the Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre to declare their plan on composing a musical ballad on Hindu deity Lord Rama and His exploits in the form of Mohiniyattam (dance), Kaladipayettu and Chaau (martial art).

The initiative aims at depicting Ram Charit Manas, an epic poem in Awadhi language rewritten by Goswami Tulasidas, much after Maharshi Valmiki Ramayana, on the life and exploits of the epic Godman, on stage in an edited musical ballad in sync with 'Chopaiya' and 'Dohas'.

Jalota is set to compose the music of the ballad, titled 'The Ballads of Sri Rama - A Musical'.

He will also enact the role of Goswami Tulsidas, the original creator of Ram Charit Manas.



"I recently did an album on Meerabai. Then I decided to do something on Ramayana and right then I was approached by Mom," Jalota noted.

"What I feel unique about the project is its approach. It is going to be created in a very modern way, not at all traditional," he said.

Talking about his role, he said, "I am playing the Sutradhaar (co-ordinator) who comes and goes intermittently just to sing the Chopaiys."

Mom Ganguly, Director, Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre and the leading lady behind the endeavour, said, "What makes the effort innovative is that we are presenting Ram Charit Manas in a blend of Mohiniyattam dance discipline and Kaladipayettu and Chaau form of martial art."

"We tried to break the language barrier of Awadhi and reach out to the general masses in the album," she added.

Tollywood actor and director, Arjun Chakraborty, who was present at the conference, said, "I hail from a village called Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. There was Ramlila held each year when we were kids. Despite its repetition year after year we eagerly waited for it. This is the charm of the story and the galvanizing power of the Godman."

The inaugural show is expected to take place in the fall of 2013.

However, no consensus has been reached yet with regard to the city.

--IBNS (Posted on 02-08-2013)

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