form of composition is universal too, inasmuch it does not rely on
language but rather on the unifying effects of music and dance. The
actual dance recital borrows heavily from the richness of ancient
cultures e.g. while in India, Indian Classical Dance forms are used, in
the West African Dance, Ballet and Indian Classical Dance Forms are
fused together. Amrapali is an extremely challenging and demanding
In music Indian Classical Ragas Have been used but the expression is not entirely Indian.The musical composition is by the renowned sarod maestro Tejendra Narayan Majumder. Ustad Rashid Khan and seven other classical singers have lent support to create moods and to depict seasons.
|The story of Amrapali is about a woman who
finds the true meaning of love - divine love and surrenders herself to
the lotus feet of Lord Buddha.
Amrapali was the pride of Vaishali whose fame name reputation as the exquisite dancer spread far behind the fortress of Kingdom .
Amrapali could not be possessed by an individual in thekingdom as vowed by the nobles. She belonged to Vaishali..
Amreapali invited Lord Buddha one day when he was passing by Vaishali. The Lord said the the feted hours were yet to come.
When Bimbisara, the king of Magadha attacked Vaishali, he met Amrapali in disguise and fell in love. When Amrapali finds that the man whom she loves is the enemy king responsible for the death and misery of her countrymen she is shattered. She rejects him.
But Amrapali was branded as a traitor. She refused the love of her life only to be misunderstood by her own kith and kin .Amrapali is devastated.
One day her cottage is flooded with a divine light. Lord Buddha appears beckoning her to come with outstretched arms. His confession effaced all her claims to fame , name and reputation. Amrapali offered herself to the feet of Lord Buddha. She woke up to a new life and love - eternal love.