A Love Story between two Divine Cultures
Where Divine Love supersedes Human Love
A confluence of Odissi and Bharatanatyam

An Oriya king…  A Kanchipuram Princess … a convergence of two cultures, a celebration of the Odissi and Bharatanatyam dance forms.

SHOWTIME 1

Date : 30th November 2019
Time : 8.30pm
Venue : Shantanand Auditorium

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SHOWTIME 2

Date : 1st December 2019
Time : 8.30pm
Venue : Shantanand Auditorium

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An Oriya king named Purushottam Dev of Puri, who, having heard of the intelligent, talented and beautiful South Indian princess, Padmavathi of Kanchipuram, desires to marry her. Accordingly, he sends a proposal to her father, King Saluva Narasimha. Padmavathi too, has heard about the handsome and valorous King Purushottam Dev, and falls in love with the yet unseen Oriya king.

King Saluva Narasimha is aware that there is an Oriya tradition whereby the Oriya King sweeps the grand chariot of Lord Jagannath, donning the garb of a poor sweeper. Unable to accept or understand the significance of the aforesaid ritual, he refuses the marriage proposal and sends the messenger of Purushottam Dev back to Puri, rejecting it on the pretext that the Oriya King is a mere sweeper. A deeply aggrieved Padmavathi cries to the Goddess Kamakshi, for she loves Purushottam Dev and cannot think of another man as a husband.

Purushottam Dev is incensed upon hearing the news of his messenger. Enraged, he attacks the Kanchi kingdom with his army; only to be defeated by the powerful Kanchi battalion. Purushottam Dev realizes that he hadn’t sought the blessings of Lord Jagannath and he returns to the Puri temple. Surrendering to Lord Jagannath, he resigns his fate to the Lord, who assures him through a Voice from the Heavens that victory will be his.

Purushottam Dev attacks Kanchi once again, emerging victorious. He enslaves Padmavathi and holds her captive in his Prime Minister’s home. He commands that Padmavathi should be married off to a real sweeper, as punishment for ridiculing the sacred ritual of the king sweeping the holy chariot of the Lord.

A year passes… The minister knows that in his heart of hearts, Purushottam Dev still loves Padmavathi. At the annual Ratha Yatra, Padmavathi is brought to witness the ritual of the King sweeping the chariot. As the King ascends the chariot, the minister announces that finally, the most suitable sweeper for Padmavathi has been found; he is none other than king Purushottam Dev himself!

Great merriment ensues and before the chariot embarks on its journey, the royal couple exchange garlands before Lord Jagannath.  The regal couple dance before Lord Jagannath, along with the ensemble of Bharatanatyam and Odissi courtiers in joyous celebration.

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