Mayapura, West Bengal
Elephants and Play
A group of us went down the Gurukula Trail which takes you to the elephant sanctuary. There, the fully-grown Vishnu Priya and Lakshmi Priya reside. We had five minutes with them, feeding them potatoes. They then went for their two-hour walk. We are reminded of famous Vedic elephants—Airavata, Kuvalayapida and Gajendra. The story of Gajendra is quite a drama in itself.
Then we had our own drama to perform in the evening. “Many Mothers, Many Fathers,” had its premiere in Mayapura. One viewer, Malini Jurelius, sent her comments.
“I just saw one of your dramas for the first time tonight and I am at a loss of words. I was the one that commented on the soundtrack and how well it complimented the play, to which you said that it gives rasa (flavour).
“I just wanted to, in some little way, appreciate just how much seeing a production like this means to me. As I mentioned after the play, I have studied drama and music but I chose to leave because by the end there was nothing meaningful to it. And for so long I have been hoping to see something like this in our movement. Brilliant direction, acting, choreography, music, expression—all for the sake of glorifying Krishna and his devotees.
“I wish I could say something meaningful but I think all I can come up with is, thank you. Thank you so much for what you do.”
https://youtu.be/0GV_XQOH5RU (Editor’s note: Here is a link to the Toronto production.)
May the Source be with you!