Meghadootam, a poem by Kalidasa has been the poet’s most epic creation of lyrical beauty spread across a hundred verses. The poem flows, depicting the life of a “Yaksha,” (attendant of the god of tressure Kubera), who has so smitten by the beauty of his wife that he chose to ignore his heavenly duties and was there of cursed to live on earth.
The story of Megadootam:
After being banished from heaven to lead a humble life in the woods on earth, the Yaksha walks along the forest lost in the fond memories of his wife and decides to send across his messages of love to her with the help of the passing clouds as the monsoon has just arrived. The verses of the play are penned with the beautiful description by the Yaksha the whereabouts of his wife and the path to reach her to the cloud with his message.
The description has been so distinctly penned that it brings alive each expression alive for the reader. The Yaksha describes the route in the most attractive manner, so that the cloud would take his message to his wife and the beautiful portrayal of emotions as done by Kalidasa, could not evidently be carried off by any other poet.
The title of the poem, “Megadootam,” which translates into “Cloud Messenger” is thus justified as the poem, though is about the wailing of the love lost Yaksha, it is the cloud that plays the perfect protagonist by playing cupid for these estranged lovers.
Meghadootam by Kalidasa in Coimbatore:
The Meghadootam by Kalidasa in Coimbatore is a dance drama of this beautiful poem, where the artists would epitomize this spectacular lyrical poem in Sanskrit into an an operatic ballet, celebrating the richness of the Sanskrit Language.With the music direction and composition being done by the renowned Indian Carnatic music vocalist and music composer, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, who is popularly referred to as Bombay Jayashri.
While the ballet would be choreographed by the sensual Sheejith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, who are renowned as the Bharatanatyam duo that personifies their passion for dance in their every walk of life. Trained in the nation’s foremost dance institute, Kalakshetra, and working there for a while as a faculty, the husband and wife duo has never felt the need to look beyond the variety that their dance form has to offer.
This spectacular combination of the nation’s best singer and dancers, bringing on stage the best lyrical ballet ever penned in Sanskrit, it would surely not be eulogizing to say that this would be serve as a visual retreat for the guests heading to the show.
So, hurry and book your tickets now for the Meghadootam by Kalidasa in Coimbatore, organized at the PSG College of Arts Science on July 20, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm as appease your eyes, heart and soul with the magical retreat. The event is being organized by the Hindu, which has also been a patron of fine arts and has always pioneered in providing a platform for these arts and artists.