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They are not and have never performed a presentation of the Rasa lila dance, although the name of the group is such. They are presenting the Shyam dance in the exact and unchanged manner as it is (or it was?) being performed on Poland tour and as Mother Urmila has described it in one of the previous letter. I have seen them dancing the Shyam dance at least ten times and many other devotees can confirm this as well. At the end of the dance Krishna is embracing the soul, returning to Him and not Srimati Radharani. In order to make sure the audience understands the dance properly, the story about the soul trying to find its way back home to the eternal Lord Krishna’s abode is always explained first. They are dancing also some other dances, some bharat natyam dance (story about Lord Rama etc.) and jhulan yatra dance. Due to lack of understanding of hindi, it happened that they danced also to one improper song mentioned by some devotee in a letter to Bir Krishna Maharaja. When they found out they stopped dancing it for the devotee public, but still danced it for some open programs due to shortage of other dances, knowing that here in our country no one understands the language and the coreography has already been made. In my opinion this was a mistake, but who doesn’t make mistakes? As Lord Krishna is teaching in Bhagavad-gita, one should correct one’s mistake and not abandon one’s duty (service).
The vaisnavi dancers are dressed very nicely and are very chaste. Probably no need to explain, but their dancing clothes are from India, so is the jewelery and other items they use. They look very professional and their performances are always very spiritually enlivening. They look very representative and not at all hippy-like. On all the programs I was, I could witness that people were always highly enlivened and inspired, wanted to make photos, and desired to come and see some more performances. When my relatives saw the Shyam dance on one of the programs, my mother and my sister were moved to tears. They understood it very clearly it was about a soul returning to God.
» Posted By manditangi On Dec 26, 2007 @ 11:08 am
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Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
I followed the discussion but I had no intention to comment. However, when it has become very clear to me about which dancing group HH Bir Krishna Maharaja is being concerned with, I decided to write a few points especially since the vaisnavis from the group do not desire to do this themselves.
One of the reasons for my writing is also that I think these vaisnavis deserve to know that their service to Lord Krishna has value and it is being appreciated as such and that hundreds hours of practice and even many more hours of performing at public programs has not gone in vain, as they might have got the impression.
The dancing group Rasa lila from Slovenia has had about 200 permormances on public programs, ratha yatras, harinamas, school programs – all in the last four years. In about 95%, their performance was part of a larger program, accompanied by a harinama – bhajan group. The bhajan group always consisted of at least three men, I’m just mentioning this to stress they were not alone in all this programs, but with other devotees. Even on the few occasions when they performed without the bhajan group, some husband accompanied them.
They have even been invited by one of the biggest shopping centers in the country to perform there. I don’t know who wouldn’t accept the opportunity to distribute the Holy Names? Again, the bhajan group, chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra, and the dancing group would exchange on the stage and make nice preaching programs. They also danced on few Ratha yatra festivals in Croatia with few hundred devotees and many more people attending. In the last two years they were invited to dance on the big Summer Festival in Radhadesh, and they danced at the well known Venice harinam in Italy. Many senior vaisnavas, like Krisna Ksetra Prabhu, Candramauli Swami, Sacinandana Swami, Param-gati Swami, Kadamba-kanana Swami, expressed appreciation for their service during the years.
» Posted By manditangi On Dec 26, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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