Rise of Margazhi – A Culturally Spiritual Initiative
By Guru Krupa, and as ordained by our beloved Guru Maharaj, HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji, Global Organization for Divinity, celebrated Margazhi in a grand manner through our worldwide initiative, Spirit of Margazhi Utsav from December 15th 2021 to Jan 14th 2022.
The 30 day series in this Utsav, aptly named as ‘Rise of Margazhi’ by our beloved Master, pivots around showcasing various arts and art forms that form an integral part of our Bharatiya Samskruti, specifically around the divine season of Margazhi. These include Thiruppavais, Indian classical music and dance, prasadams and divine food offerings as well as our indigenous, traditional treasures.
In the Rise of Margazhi series, the central premise of our classical music and dance offerings are Madhurageethams, divine compositions of Sri Swamiji. This year, we premiered over 45 Madhurageethams, rendered by 207 artists and technicians over a span of 30 days. These offerings were presented by stalwart musicians, eminent dancers and some of the most renowned and illustrious artists who are in the kutcheri buzz today. Besides Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam, this year’s festival also paved way for Hindustani music and a special segment on Abhangs as well as Odissi and Kuchipudi dance forms. Some of the other segments included conversations and demonstrations around neivedyams and recipes, couture, kolams, and harikatha.
Two special segments deserve a callout in the series –
1) Nectar-in-a-Pod that depicted the stories around featured Madhurageethams through animated illustrations and story-telling and
2) A thematic, “Nritya Natakam”, Praise of Seven Hills, based on Madhurageethams and shlokams composed by Sri Swamiji on Srinivasa Perumal.
The jewel on the crown was Sri Swamiji Himself gracing us with His presence, in the form of an Anugraha Bhashanam on the auspicious day of Makara Sankranthi.
The programs are available on Spirit of Margazhi YouTube channel for all rasikas to watch and savor.
Team Spirit of Margazhi thanks all rasikas, volunteers, donors and patrons for their unconditional support and places the abundant success of this event at the Lotus Feet of our Guru Maharaj.