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Canadian-Media: The documentary ‘Divine Musical Dancers’ directed, produced, and written by Ken Kandiah from Canada reflects the ethereal culture of Tamil Nadu, in South India through the performances of a celebrated dance group from Tamil Nadu — comprising of 4 states namely Chennai, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh — in South India.
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This dance group performs with two musical instruments Nathan Nathanvaram and Melam. When played together they produce a most sanctified music Mandala Isai, which is part of the essential component of traditional festivals and ceremonies in South India.
Images credit: Screenshot from the video
Generally used in celebrations and welcoming ceremonies, these performances are played in the procession of the day-to-day temple festivals and most commonly in wedding ceremonies.
These performances are based on the song produced by Lord Shiva who performs his immortal dance called the Shiva Tandava, which describes Shiva's power traditionally attributed to Ravana, the King of Lanka, who is considered to be a great devotee of Shiva.
Shiva Tandava Stotra. Image credit: Wallpaper Cave
The sounds of the ritual ceremonies by the farm musical instruments can be easily identified when theses are played together to produce the most sublime melodious tuneful quality.
Bharatanatyam, one of the oldest Indian classical dance originated in Tamil Nadu, depicted in this documentary is accompanied by the Karnataka music which is led by one of the females performing those dances.
The songs sung are known as Vallik Kanavan sung by Sudha Ragunathan, and Edayyagati Ð Koteeswarayer Ð Chalanata — Adi sung by E. Gaayathri.
The female performances also play Samboo. Their texts are in 5 languages, namely Malayalam; Tamil; Telugu; Kannada, and Sanskrit.
Bharatanatyam. Image credit: Wikipedia
The cinematography is done by Francesco Bori and the sound provided by David Moffat.
Post-production of this documentary is expected to be completed by Aug 1, 2021.
The expected release of this documentary is unknown.