Catch this superbly sublime show before it ends on Sunday 9 March at KL PAC (Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre) at Sentul. www.sutrafoundation.org.my or 03; 4021 1092, Tickets RM 53 and RM 33.
This is the best show of 2014 so far and no other Indian dances of this calibre are in the offing so miss this at your own peril!
Krishna, Love Re-Invented is also, thanks doubtless to the intercession of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, is also embarking on a roadshow to a town near you!
These are the lucky towns;
Penang 15 March
Ipoh 16 March
Kuching 19 March
Kota Kinabalu 21 March
KOTA BARU MY HOMETOWN AS KELANTANESE ARE THE MOST ARTISTIC AND CULTURALLY REFINED MALAYSIANS, I MEAN, LOOK AT ME! 18 April
Kuala Trengganu 19 April
Malacca 26 April
Seremban 10 May
I must say Dato Ramli Ibrahim found the ideal god Krishna in Jagatheyswara as he is the perfect embodiment of the pastoral god and cowherd---immaculately flawless dancer, agelessly graceful with youthful demeanor. Most importantly, Jagatheyswara's rapport with his Gopis is remarkably natural, free flowing and unrestrained, smiling lightly, mischievously and flirtatiously! In Sanskrit, 'gopi' means 'cowherd girl' and in Hinduism, gopis are the cowherd girls renowned for their unconditional devotion to Krishna.
Jagatheyswara's duet and mass dancing with the Gopis are a joy to watch! His duets with Radha, the principal Gopi who seems to enchant him most, is particularly compelling. It is Radha who implores the mischievous Krishna to return the garments of the Gopis he took while they were bathing in Yamuna river and their Ras Lila dance in the moonlight is said to be the highest form of Sudha Bhakti, the highest form of unconditional love as exemplified in spontaneous, unwavering and joyous devotional dances that can only occur in the highest planes of consciousness.
As expected, Dato Ramli Ibrahim gave a sterling performance as we expect nothing less. He first appears as a devotee but in the second part, Krishna uses his omnipotence to create multiple clones and Dato Ramli Ibrahim became a manifestation of Krishna as he is now wearing the identical gold crown with peacock feathers. Watching the 2 Krishnas dance, prance and cavort with the Gopis and even with themselves is fascinating and it is my sorrow that I am too aged (at 35) to start dance classes in Odissi. I am sure I would have been a great Chinky Indian dancer but in my next incarnation...
Kee Hua Chee's portrait painted on his leg while Krishna, Love Re-Invented's souvenir booklet has plenty of legs
The second show after interval
Dato Ramli Ibrahim has become a manifestation of Krishna by now!
The Gopis are enthralled
I love this sequence
Feminists might be annoyed as the Gopis are used as a seat
Gopis are carried high
The 2 Krishnas
This particular dance I can do
Jagatheyswara as Krishna is an inspired choice as he was magnificent
2 Krishnas as one
Dato Ramli Ibrahim receiving kudos
Datin Sunita Rajakumar the show producer presents bouquet to the choreographer
Nancie Foo and Carol Lee from HOPE project and We Are Family book present bouquet to Dato Ramli Ibrahim
One pose for the road
Mrs Universe Carol Lee and living divinity Kee Hua Chee
Carol Lee and Kee Hua Chee
Hon Tian Haur, Nancie Foo, Ken Pushpanathan and Carol Lee
Mrs Pushpanathan joins in
Krishna aka Jagatheyswara after the show
He is 25 and looks and dances like Krishna the god
2 living divinities
Jagatheyswara and Kee Hua Chee
Tan Mei Mei is the only Chinese dancer for this show
Nancie Foo, Jagastheyswara and Carol Lee
Divya Nair is divine!
Divya Nair is Chindian and can be Miss Malaysia as she is the prettiest Gopi!
The man himself! Dato Ramli Ibrahim! He is designated "Living Treasure' by United Nations in 2012 and even I did not get this award!
Dato Ramli Ibrahim and Kee Hua Chee
Dato Ramli Ibrahim's energy must come from a divine source as he dances so effortlessly!
Dato Ramli Ibrahim and famous chef Isadora Chai---look at her cleavage! So sexy, I like
Carol Lee, Dato Ramli Ibrahim and Nancie Foo
Carol Lee, dato Ramli Ibrahim and Nancie Foo
Kee Hua Chee and crocodile bag
Kee Hua Chee and Datin Sunita Rajakumar at the after party at Sutra House
Kee Hua Chee and Datin Sunita Rajakumar the show producer
Datin Sunita Rajakumar
Carol Lee, Hon Tian Haur and Nancie Foo
Carol Lee, Hon Tian Haur and Nancie Foo
Surprise birthday cake for Yogi
Nancie Foo wishes Yogi
Last look at the star of the show, Jagatheyswara aka the god Krishna!