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Three centuries ago, the scholar king Sarfoji ruled over the Maratha Kingdom which occupied a major portion of South India.In Thirukkadaiyur, a beautiful town on the banks of the river Cauvery in Tanjore in Tamil Nadu, there lived the ardent devotee Subramaniyam popularly known as Abhirami Bhattar, who composed innumerable lyrics in praise of Goddess Abhirami. This unique expression of ardent devotion for the goddess of his heart came to be known as Abhirami Andhadhi and Padhikam.
Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala's ballet Utchi Thilagam, comprising of three scenes is indeed a treasure trove of Shakram or worship of the divine mother. The dramatic events leading to the birth of Abhirami Andadhi and Padigam constitutes the climax of the presentation Utchi Thilagam, which has won national acclaim for it devotional fervor.
Kalaimamani Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala
Smt Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, an acclaimed danseuse, hails from a family of connoisseurs of fine arts. Her artistic talents have been enriched over three decades of experience as dancer, choreographer, teacher, etc. Her inimitable abhinaya with exquisite Sanchari Bhavas are emotionally charged and captivating. She is a disciple of Kalaimamani Smt. Krishnakumari Narendran and Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan.
She has enthralled the audiences with her solo thematic presentations and panoramic dance ballet on devotional themes which reflect her intellectual approach, aesthetic sensibility and quest for the spiritual in art.