Kaisika Purasanam Dance Drama - Nov 4, 2017

Post date: Nov 6, 2017 4:06:58 PM

Kaisika Puranam Dance Drama is performed by disciples of Smt. Anita Ratnam at Vaduvur Sri Kothandaramar Temple on Nov 4, 2017.

The Dance Drama is about a story of The Story of Nampaduvan – Our Singer, a devotee of Sriman Narayana living at Thirukurungudi (Divya Desam), in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu which is on the banks of the holy Tamaraparni river. Every night he would set out with his veena and after reaching close to the temple he would offer songs to Perumal to the accompaniment of his veena. Since his notes were only for Perumal and Piratti he was called “Nam Paduvan” “Our Singer”.

It was the month of Karthigai (between November 15th and December 15th), a Shukla paksha Ekadasi (the Ekadasi that falls before the full moon) day, our singer fasted the whole day and was awake that night (jagratha vritham). As usual, he left with his veena when he was accosted by a Brahmarakshasa named Somasharma who was totally famished. When a yagyam is not done as prescribed in the Vedas, the doer becomes a Brahmarakshasa and Somasharma was one of them. He was happy to find his prey. Nampaduvan, a devotee of Vishnu, did not fear death and was actually happy to satisfy someone’s hunger but before that he wanted to sing for the divya dampathis so he sought permission to complete his last wish. Who would believe that once allowed to go a human being would come back to be eaten by the Brahmarakshasa? For detailed story in English and Tamil (copy of Kaisika Puranam), click here