KUNDALINI - The Awakening

13 — 14 March 2020

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Presented by Dr Sam Goraya

Odissi Indian Classical dance recital exploring the core tantric aspect of Kundalini and pure consciousness. In human beings, Shakti, the feminine aspect is called Kundalini. This potential energy is said to rest at the base of the spinal cord. The object of the Tantric practice of Kundalini-yoga is to awaken this cosmic energy and make it ascend through the psychic centers, the chakras, which lie along the axis of the spine as consciousness potentials. Shakti (kundalini) will then unite above the crown of the head with Shiva, the pure consciousness. This is relevant to Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Internal healing, Holistic healing and general awareness. Artistic direction by Guru Bichitrananda Swain of Rudrakshya Foundation of Odisha, India.

120 minutes

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About The Show

Tantra is a practice (sadhana) developed to address the immediate lesser or greater goals of the seeker; and to ultimately help the seeker gain spiritual enlightenment and Self-realisation. Tantra is a means to expand individual consciousness into universal consciousness. Everything in the external universe is also represented internally, in the body of every individual; and the same forces govern both. 

In tantric meditation, inner bliss can be obtained by arousing latent energy in the body and uniting it with the pure consciousness. In human beings, Shakti, the feminine aspect is called Kundalini. This potential energy is said to rest at the base of the spinal cord. The object of the Tantric practice of Kundalini-yoga is to awaken this cosmic energy and make it ascend through the psychic centres the chakras, which lie along the axis of the spine as consciousness potentials. Shakti (kundalini) will then unite above the crown of the head with Shiva, the pure consciousness.

The ultimate aim of a seeker is to awaken the Kundalini and make it rise in the body till it merges with pure consciousness. Kundalini is the source of untapped energy stored in the body of each human being and constitutes the source of basic energy. It is generally portrayed as a coiled serpent or serpent-power remaining hidden in the Muladhara chakra at the base of the spine. Artistic direction by Guru Bichitrananda Swain of Rudrakshya Foundation of Odisha, India. 

Artwork for Dr Sam Goraya

Dr Sam Goraya

Playwright / Producer

Artwork for Samir Panigrahi

Samir Panigrahi

Dancer

Artwork for Santosh Ram

Santosh Ram

Dancer

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Their performance was a fantastic showcase of what expert dancers can achieve with just a minute change in facial expression or a subtle shift in posture.

Preeti Jabbal, Indian Link Australia
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Three male dancers come together to explore the sensibilities and spirituality of Odissi with great classical virtuoso.

Indira Laisram
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Dr Sam Goraya, who has enthralled audiences all over the world with his exquisite execution of footwork, facial expressions, hand and body movements recreating the ‘Rasas’ of Odissi, will lead a small team of three dancers in presenting the Concert.

Venkat Raman , Indian Newslink New Zealand
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Sam’s performance depicted the character of Lord Shiva and at times illustrated attributes of Maa Kaali alleviating the pains and sorrows of the world, showcasing the power of good over evil.

Rizwan Mohammad , The Indian Weekender New Zealand
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Good on Sam and his team for presenting such amazing shows with important and profound messages. May your spreading of this message and wisdom go far and wide.

Dr Elizabeth Celi

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