The templeVilasini NatyamRangbagh

AGAMIC DANCES –an intangible cultural heritage.
Indian dance is highly spiritual and  is considered to be integral to worship. Dance performed according to the Agamic pattern is comparable to Yoga because it raises the levels of spirituality  within human beings.  Vilasini Natyam performed as Agamic ritual inspires the artist as well as the audience to  experience the divine qualities latent in  them  .  For the past several years , Vilasini Natyam artists have been offering such Agamic-dances  in the 400-year old Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple in Hyderabad. 
Some Agamic rituals ;


  • Bali-Harana
  • Pallaki-Seva
  • Kumbha-Harathi
  • Heccharika
  • Kalyanotsavam
  • Kavaata-bandhanam, Laali & Mangalam

Baala Bhogam;
Vilasini Natyam dancers present Choornika and Pallavi as a part of the dance service rendered during the annual Brahmotsavam at Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Rang Bagh just after the daily offering of the Baala-Bhogam (morning repast of the Lord).

The temple dancers of yore used to present a Choornika in praise of the presiding deity of the temple which they were attached to, before commencement of their dance recitals. The composition called Pallavi featuring Nrittha (dance-technique) has been in wide practice for many centuries amongst the erstwhile Telugu temple-court dancers particularly in the coastal areas. There are several traditional Pallavis in the repertoire of Vilasini Natyam. 

Bali-Haranam  ; The eight Dikpalakas (guardian deities of the.eight directions are worshipped with  daily offerings of a notional Bali (sacrifice) symbolized by a ball of rice. As the temple dancer and the priest complete a circumambulation of the temple, each Dikpalaka is invoked with a special passage seeking His continued protection of the temple and its surroundings. This type of dance-cum-worship service used to performed twice daily  until about a century ago. Later, it was only performed at special festivals (Utsavams).  Since 1945 it ceased to be performed.

Smt.. Rajamani, a temple dancer of the Telangana region, whose predecessors served Sri Ranganathaswarny temple in Rangbagh (Rangareddy district) helped Swapnasundari revive this ritual at this very temple. It is regularly performed in Vilasini Natyam during the annual Brahmotsavam.

Pallaki Seva, Kumbha Harathi, Heccharika ;
During temple-festivals, icons of the temple deities are taken out in a Pallaki (palanquin) on a procession during which the temple dancer would perform while worshippers make their offerings. The procession on the Thiru Veethi (sacred street of the temple) itself is accompanied by Mallari, a staccato musical composition. When the icons re-enter the temple, the temple dancer wards off evil by offering the Kumbha Harathi (a lighted pot-lamp), and sings a Heccharika (song of caution) to remove all inauspicious elements from the abode of the deities.

Kalyanotsavam , Kavaata-bandhanam, Laali & Mangalam;
During the Kalyanotsavam (marriage ceremony of the procession idols) dances which hail the deities are performed. Thereafter, a dance which stages the mock love-quarrel of the newly married deities is enacted. Thereafter  a dance is performed to a sonorous song which is meant to  lull the deities to sleep. All these are performed by Vilasini Natyam dancers during the Brahmotsavam and Kalyanotsavam of Sri Ranganathaswarny temple in Rangbagh

Mangalam: An auspicious song-cum-dance offered at the end of the services at the temple.


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