Amruthavani Communication Center hosted the Sree Yesu Jananam (Nativity of Jesus Christ) cultural show at St. Theresa's church in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, on December 18.
“As Humans, we are privileged and unique as we can express our prayers to God through Music, Dance, with our gestures (mudras, facial expression, beat, etc.),” said Father Dusi Ravi Shekar, Principal & Rector of St. Patrick’s High School in his inaugural message.
This event started with a Welcome note by Rev. Fr. Pappula Sudhakar, Director of Amruthavani Communication Center and Radio Veritas Asia Telugu Service Coordinator.
The audience was welcomed with the “Om Namo Namami” dance, which explains the magnificence of Jesus Christ.
The musical ballet “Sree Yesu Jananam” was performed on Stage by 16 artists under the direction of Sri Vattikota Yadagira Acharya, a renowned Kuchipudi classical dancer.
Sri Vattikota held the Guinness Book of World record for 108 hours of continuous dancing.
Mr. Madanu Arun Bala complemented this ballet from Arunodhai with Visual effects, which made a lasting impact on the audience.
Emeritus Bishop Govindu Joji of Nalgonda Diocese, Telangana State, was the Chief Guest of this Program.
“I would like to appreciate the efforts by the 3 organizations for putting in a tremendous effort for bringing such a beautiful program, the nativity of Christ through dance, to the public,” Bishop Joji remarked.
Nativity of Jesus Christ is a unique show which blends evangelization with Kuchipudi classical dance, a cultural heritage of the Telugu region of India.
Mr. Madanu Maraiah, Founder of Kristu Bharathi, came up with this innovative idea of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through the Kuchipudi Dance in the year 2008.
This Ballet was first presented to the public on December 27, 2009, at Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium, Hyderabad, and more than 100 performances of the program were done all over India.
A devoted Catholic, Mr. Maraiah founded Kristu Bharathi, a socio–cultural trust to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and bring about awareness of social issues through Kuchipudi Classical dance.
Since its inception, he has produced many programs and given over 300 performances across two Telugu-speaking states, also in metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Delhi, and Chennai in India.
His team consists of Mr. Y. Prabhakar Reddy- scriptwriter; Mr. J. Dattatreyulu – Music Director; Mr. Ramana & Ms. Gayatri – classical singers; Mr. Ravi Varma – Narrator with a steno voice; Mr. V.Y. Acharya – Dance director and Mr. Madanu Maraiah – Producer.
His mission was carried out in India and USA through his elder daughter, who is well-trained in Kuchipudi.
His works have promoted the cause of fine arts. Many Kuchipudi artists got a platform to perform on stage and in theatre.
He carried out his works with conviction and deep faith. He and his family have dedicated time and resources to spread God’s word through music and Prayer.
“I wish to continue this journey through my children and grandchildren to take it beyond India and perform at the International level,” Mr. Maraiah said.
Kristu Bharathi’s classical Dance programs were performed across India in many Churches, Government offices, Educational and Health Institutions, Social Service Centers, and prisons.
The literature and music of the Parama Geetham (Canticle of Canticles) moved the people and made them experience the love of God for humanity.
Padi Aagnalu (Ten Commandments), Asta Bhagyalu (Beatitudes / Sermon on the Mount), Musical Ballets on the “Nativity of Jesus Christ- Sree Yesu Jananam,” “Public Life of Jesus Christ, Preaching and Miracles – Veda Vyapakam,” “Passion, Death & Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Siluva Vijayam” summed-up the life of Christ and were great musical assets.
“Suicides – Not a Destiny” and “Save Girl Child” brings out the evil in society; it awakens people to make the right choice.
Golden Harvest – Dance Documentary of Leprosy Health Center at Nalgonda manifests the greatest and unconditional service to humanity rendered by Rev. Fr. Luizzi Pezzoni.
Janani Janma Bhoomi is a patriotic song on Mother Land.
The Kanapelli Pelli Patalu is an album of folk songs explaining the uniqueness of Telugu regional Christian Marriage.
Mugguru Rajulu (Three Kings), Sugunala Sumarasive, Dhanya Maria (Blessed Mother Mary), Kristu Tarangam, and Om Namo Namami are melodious dance songs that are all his works done for the Glory of God. - By Pujitha Nagalli
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.