This traditional Indian dance drama brings our the essence of “Balakandam” of the epic Ramayanam. The heroic activities of the child Sri Rama, who was considered to be Beyond MahaPurusha, the embodiment of Kshatriya are highlighted. The story unfolds the Putra Kameshi Yagna – to beget a son – performed by Dasartha, the king of Ayodhya .
Lord Mahavishnu’s incarnation as Sri Rama, the joyous celebration of the birth of prince by the natives, the Gurukula initiation of Sri Rama with his three brothers are some of the episodes. Brahmarishi Vishwamithra’s request to send Sri Rama the beloved son of Dasaratha and the pangs of separation felt by the king touch the heart of everyone else.
Journey through the forest by the tree sages, Sri Rama and Lakshmana, Manthropadhesam, the destination of the demoness Thataka, the protection of the sages sacrifice, Ahalya Chapa Vimochanam are the scintillating scenes enacted. Sri Rama’s marriage with Sita Devi, the daughter of King Janaka in all its grandeur is the feast for eyes and ears.
Lyrics: Sri Kadhal Madhi
Music Direction: Sri. Balabharathi
Twenty-two students of Sridevi Nrithyalaya led by their Guru Smt. Sheela Unnikrishann performed Balaramayanam at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan in the presence of our President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam on 3 August 2005 in New Delhi .
The programme commenced at 2 pm. The President thoroughly enjoyed the dance drama and praised the choreography. He congratulated all the participants for their excellent performance. “For all of us, those were some of the most memorable moments in our lives,” says Sheela Unnikrishnan.