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Naachiyar - mystic search for the divine - Programme Note
Dance Theatre Productions
75 mins, 2000

Section One: STHAPANAM (The Foundation - 9mins)

Section Two:

TALKING TO KRISHNA'S CONCH (28mins) Andal envies the good fortune of the conch for its proximity to Krishna. Resting on his shoulders, close to his ear and when played on his lips the conch carries the sweetness of camphor and lotuses. Textual Source from the Divya Prabandham.

Section Three:

THE RITUAL PROCESSION (7mins) The lyrics in their original form call out to "Nambi", the traditional name given to the Lord, and reflect deep devotion and spiritual yearning. Sources from Thirukurungudi Temple songs that are sung in their original.

Section Four:

LAST WISHES (9mins) Reflects Andal's desperation and sometimes irrational longings, with explicit erotic imagery. Sources from "The Sacred Four Thousand", a religious manual of the Vaishnavites.

Section Five:

THE BRIDAL PROCESSION (7mins) An event recounted as a dream, Andal narrates to a friend how she was married to the Lord and the wedding fanfare. Sources from "The Sacred Four Thousand", a religious manual of the Vaishnavites. The familiar textual references are traditionally sung at Vaishnavite weddings.