4th March, 2019
Parshwanath Upadhye, Punyah Dance Academy, Bharatnatyam
Sree Dharmapuri Kshetram, Miyapur

The grand finale of Gudi Sambaraalu concluded with eminent classical dancer Parshwanath Upadhyaye’s performance, a combination of traditional and laya which left the audience asking for more. At Dharmapuri Kshetram, ‘Hara’ the ballet was showcased, true to the spirit of Shivaratri. The dance sequence was woven around the evergreen story of Lord Shiva and Sati Devi and their unmatched love for each other, followed by their separation and reunion as goddess Parvathi. ‘Hara’ helped the dancers to express the different forms of bhava, viraha and valsalyam



Parshwanath Upadhye, Punyah Dance Academy



Sri Dharmapuri Kshetra, in the shade of a large neem tree in Miyapur, is an embodiment of light to the people of the surrounding villages. It is said that in 1986, a robber took the hundi from the temple and disposed it off. Nobody realized it. Aften a few days, the robber admitted to his crime and surrendered himself. He confessed that the hundi had Rs 600 and promised to work hard to earn and return that amount. Owing to the change in the robber – from a path of “Adharma” to “Dharma”, the temple has been christened as “Sri Dharmapuri” from this day onwards. The temple prospered to be a centre of inspiration and a center of energy!

In addition to being a home to several Goddesses, several sadhgurus, Avadhuttas, Yogis and Jagadgurus are worshipped here. Adjacent to the temple of Saraswati Devi is the “Vyasa Maharshi” shrine, in front of which is a large book with 4 Vedas weighing about 20 kg. It is a belief that if students touch this and get blessings of Saraswathi Devi, they will excel in education.