Directed and choreographed by Verushka Pather

Bharat Natyam performance of ‘Krishna Leela - The Divine Pastimes of Our Radiant Lord'

An exciting new dance production, ‘Krsna Leela - The Divine Pastimes of Our Radiant Lord' celebrates in Bharat Natyam the playful pranks of one of Hinduism’s most revered deities, Lord Krishna.

Classical Bharat Natyam is an intricate and poetic dance form of rapid head, hand, eye and feet movements originating several thousand years ago in South India.

Under the artistic direction of the accomplished dancer, Verushka Pather, head of Natya Ananda, Fine Arts Academy. The school’s name was derived from the Sanskrit word meaning joy or eternal bliss. It offers tuition in Bharata Natyam and allied subjects.

According to Pather, “Natya Ananda works mainly with young people, focusing on developing dynamic, empowered individuals committed to human excellence and sound morals and ethics.”

Part of Natya Ananda's outreach programme , giving dancers an opportunity to learn, experience and perform the ancient art form. The seven artists from Port Elizabeth and six from Durban also brought in classical ballet, drama, music and poetry to tell this compelling tale drawn from the potent verses of the Srimad Bhagavatam and The Bhagavat Gita.

Lord Krishna’s leelas unfold through the love and devotion of His Gopis. They showcase the true purpose of the appearance of Krishna, the different types of relationships devotees have with the Lord and the ultimate message of complete surrender.”

The Port Elizabeth Opera House hosted the performances on 24 and 25 September with the Durban performances at iZulu Theatre at the Sibaya Casino on 7 and 9 October.

For more information please contact Verushka Pather on 0833600037