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Bhakti by the bucket

Wait by songwriter-musician Christine Anderson explores the background characters in the story of Jesus’s birth’, writes Renuka Narayanan.

art and culture Updated: Nov 14, 2008 16:11 IST
Renuka Narayanan
Renuka Narayanan
Hindustan Times

Jesus rocks


- it’s a musical! by songwriter-musician Christine Anderson is ‘a fun, upbeat exploration of the background characters in the story of Jesus’s birth’. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, this is a 50-minute-long rock version of the Nativity story. It’s been presented in the U.S. and internationally by as few as eight and as many as four hundred cast members, in small coffee houses and on large stages.

Green Park Free Church (next to Aurobindo Market) presents three shows – two on Saturday, November 15 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and one on Sunday, November 16, at 7 p.m, at the Tucker Hall, in the church premises. Each donor pass costs Rs.100, available at the venue.

Shubha for Sahmat
Shubha Mudgal’s concert for the silver jubilee of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (Sahmat) is on November 22 at 5.30 pm at the Vithal Bhai Patel House lawns (next to the Constitution Club). Mudgal sang for Sahmat for the first time in 1991 during a 17-hour non-stop performance of music and dance, ‘Artists Against Communalism’, a programme in defense of our secular tradition, on January 1, that year.

Temple dancing
At the Ayyappan Kovil (temple to Ayyappa) in Pushp Vihar, Saket, on Sunday, November 16, 6.30 pm, watch Sunita Menon (disciple of Guru Justin McCarthy) and her disciples dance Bhakti Bharata Natyam as part of the annual 41-day Mandala Vilakku (consecrated period of worship and lamp-lighting, on until December 27). She will also perform at the Guruvayurappan Kovil at Mayur Vihar on November 21, 6.30 pm. Both temples have a ‘natya mandapa’ (dance hall) space so do go for the sheer pleasure of watching sacred dance in a scared space, especially lovely when it’s a pagoda-roofed Kerala temple like these two are. All communities welcome; just cover up upper arms and every bit of leg and don’t dress Texas (wide open spaces)!

Steeped in story
Culture Club never announces arangetrams (dance debuts), preferring to wait and watch new dancers for a bit before telling the public. But this Bharata Natyam debut (arangetram literally means ‘ascending the stage’) seems worth bringing to your attention because the debuting dancer, Anjana Seshadri, a pupil of Geeta Chandran, is the granddaughter of the wonderful kathakaar (scholar and storyteller of scripture) Jaya Srinivasan. Chances therefore are that Seshadri has grown up in an atmosphere of scriptural awareness and will hopefully bring something extra to the dance. Let’s check her out on Saturday, November 15 at 6:30 pm at the Chinmaya Hamco Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodi Road.

The possibly nice news is that Seher, the Delhi-based arts impresario, has set up Udbhav, a new initiative in collaboration with the India International Centre to showcase new talent in Indian classical dance from different parts of India, in different styles. So if you’ve seen dancers who are sincere and gifted (besides being related to you or your friends), do let Seher know at