Vrindavan, 2017.06.12 (VT): Vrindavan’s beloved Shri Radharamanji gave His amazing darshan on Saturday in His “puspha vrishti nikunj.” On the occasion, nritya seva was offered by the star Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and Carnatic vocalist, Padmashree Gita Chandran along with her daughter Sharanya Chandran and other artists.
In the morning, auspicious texts were chanted and Rajopachar puja was offered to Radharamanji. Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami ji explained the bhav behind the Puspha Vrishti Kunj. Once the flowers of Shri Vrindavan Dham desired to sprinkle themselves over Thakurji’s enchanting form. The sakhis understood their desires, and so they created a nikunj (a palace of flowers) and, seating Him inside of it, showered him with fragrant blossoms. Radharamanji’s exquisite darshan attracted the hearts of all.
Bharatnatyam master Padmashree Gita Chandran performed for Radharamanji with her dance troupe Natya Vriksha, including her daughter Sharanya Chandran and dancers Amrita, Shreya, Nandini and Anjana. They presented several compositions by Meerabai in the Bharatanatyam style. The songs included Sundar Shyam Sakha, Prabhu Aavan Ki Hai, Ali Mhane Lage Vrindavan Neeko, and others.
Padmashree Gita Chandran has danced for Radharamanji during Maharajji’s seva for more than two decades. She began learning Bharatanatyam from the age of five from Smt. Swarna Saraswathy, who hailed from the traditional Thanjavoor Devadasi Parampara. Subsequently, she continued learning diverse aspects of the classical dance from a galaxy of eminent Gurus. Gita Chandran is the recipient of a large number of prestigious fellowships and awards, including one of India’s highest, the Padmashree, which was given to her by the President of India in 2007 for her unique contribution to Bharatanatyam.