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City gears up for Lord Krishna

Janmashtami celebrations in the city have gone beyond the traditional jhankis that are usually put up in temples and homes depicting the life of Lord Krishna. The festival, celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Krishna, is celebrated by all.

art and culture Updated: Aug 08, 2012 01:37 IST
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Janmashtami celebrations in the city have gone beyond the traditional jhankis that are usually put up in temples and homes depicting the life of Lord Krishna. The festival, celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Krishna, is celebrated by all, especially Krishna devotees from abroad. From a rock show by Delhi based spiritual rock band, Gauranga, to dance and drama performances around the city, the celebrations for August 10 seem to be taking an exciting and unconventional form.

While the city prepares to celebrate the many moods of Lord Krishna, there are some events that have already begun. HT City rounds up some of the exciting events in the city.

Janmashtami Mahatosav
Iskcon, East of Kailash

Janmashtami celebrations have begun with a great gung-ho in all centres of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in the city. In East of Kailash, the temple is decorated with lights and more than 500 varieties of flowers imported from across the world. The maha aarti at midnight is the highlight of the celebrations. A huge pandal is set up behind the temple for stalls and dramas on the life of Krishna. Baikuntha Players, the in-house theatre group, will enact a play, Bheeshma, based on the story of Mahabhart on August 8 evening. “Spirituality is suddenly cool amongst youngsters. We get a lot of young followers who participate in the aarti and dancing,” says Vrajendranandan Das, director, Iskcon Communications. Guests can also gorge on eggless cakes and saatvik snacks.

When: 7pm on August 8, 4:30am on August 10 Where: Iskcon Temple, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash
Entry: Free
Krishna in Dance
Audience can watch the life of Lord Krishna unfold before their eyes in the this popular dance drama. Presented by Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra,
the epic had been performed every year during Janmashtami for the last 31 years. “We try to include new
elements each year to keep the audience’s interest alive,” says Shobha Deepak Singh, director. The two-hour-long performance focuses on the childhood and adolescence of Krishna in the first hour and moves to the lesser known stories about his role in Mahabharat in the second half. The Radhika Ashtkam, a love scene between Radha and Krishna in the first half, is know to leave the audience awestruck. Girls creating patterns with fire mashaals to depict Krishna Consciousness is another favourite of the crowd.

When: August 6-11, 6:30pm onwards
Where: Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra
Entry: Rs.300, 500 available at venue
Tel: 011- 23387132

Iskcon, Gurgaon
Those who cannot partake the gaiety in East of Kailash, can join the Janmashtami celebration in Gurgaon at Huda Gymkhana club in the evening. The entire Sector 29 road leading to the club will be decorated with a huge gate signifying the entrance to Krishna’s world. Children of various schools in the vicinity will perform plays, enacting the life and mischievous nature of Krishna, his unconditional love for Radha and his role in the big fight of Mahabharat.. Group dance by Anoushka at 7: 30pm promises to make you sway to the tunes of love while the temple’s
in-house drama group, Goloka Players, will perform a drama based on Lord Krishan’s life in the evening. Midnight aarti will be followed by prasad.

When: 5pm onwards on August 10
Where: Huda Gymkhana Club, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Entry: Free

Iskcon, Punjabi Bagh
Said to be city’s only Krishna-Balaram temple, this temple will organise live music throughout the day. The evening will also see a spiritual rock concert by Gauranga, a four-member rock band— Prateek Bhatia, Mohit Bansal, Sonu Sargam, Sankalp Minaki. “The band’s name is inspired by the incarnation of dancing God— Gauranga or Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu— who led the massive dance and music movement during 15th century,” says Bhatia, lead vocalist of the band.

When: 6pm onwards on August 10
Where: Iskcon Temple, 41/77 Srila Prabhupada Marg, West Punjabi Bagh.
Entry: Free

RAAS LEELA
If fusion dance, music and masti is your way to celebrate Krishna leela, get ready for some Raas Leela at Zorba the Buddha this Friday. DJ Damini will play fusion music to help you set the dance floor on fire. “The music will help people loosen-up their inhibitions and dance like a free spirit,” she says. Dress up in ethnic wear and put on your dancing shoes for the event. The dance is followed by a sumptuous dinner spread.

When: 6pm onwards on August 10
Where: Zorba the Buddha, 7, Tropical
Entry: Rs.900

BAAL RAAS
Watch the different shades of Krishna captured on a canvas in a painting exhibition dedicated to the mischievous deity. The paintings try to capture his naughty, innocent, romantic and divine moods. Lovingly called Bal Gopal and Makhan Chor during childhood, Krishna’s naughty acts perplexed his loved one yet his innocence melted the hearts of many. “I have tried to capture his expression of innocence with the mischievous glint in his eye through my paintings,” says Sunil Mehra, the artist. The paintings show Krishna in various embodiments from honey-eyed laddoo Gopal playing on the lap of Maiya Yashodha or a grown up Krishna dancing with the gopis, can all be seen at this exhibition .

When: 10am to 7pm till August 15
Where: Krish Art Gallery, M-66, M Block Market, GK Part-1
Entry: Free