Day 08 Session 03: A Conversation On The Making Of Namami Yoga Vidye by the Team


About the Conversation

This session will be a conversation with the Team Namami Yoga-Vidye on its making. Namami Yoga-Vidye, is a video tribute to the divine Goddess, worshiped all over India as the divine mother. It is produced by the Center for Soft Power with the support of INDICA YOGA and in Collaboration with: Raadha Kalpa Dance Company ( In this dance video, Bharatanatyam dancer Rukmini Vijayakumar, depicts Devi worship which uses unusual patterns (yantra) and uncommon formulae (mantra) and the human body. She has chosen Durga to depict the Devi form. Rukmini Vijayakumar is known to treat her themes in a unique way, through the lens of tradition. The actions involved in the worship of the female energy are depicted by her in this dance both symbolically and suggestively.

Concept by Rukmini Vijayakumar:

"I have conceptualized the film on the idea of self-revelation and the destruction of ego that happens through the practice of yoga. Asana is just one aspect of yoga, but yoga in reality has many aspects to it that leads us on the journey towards being a better human being. The physical aspect , Hatha yoga is just one part of yoga . I have used the symbol of the mandala that represents the female energy that is indicative of the physical universe that we inhabit and then moved on to metaphorically describe how the universe comes into being only when the union of Purusha and Prakriti happen. In the revelation of this realization, we understand the insignificance of holding on to this idea of ourselves that limits us to this body that we posses. The 5 senses that are constantly awakened by the presence of things in the world around us must come within our control so we are truly free from our own limitations of emotion " - Rukmini Vijayakumar." Choreography & Direction: Rukmini Vijayakumar Music Composition : Dr.Rajkumar Bharathi Music Direction, Programming & Arrangements : Sai Shravanam. Director of Photography: Vivian Ambrose Research assistance: Vijayalakshmi Vijayakumar & Dr Vinayachandra Banavathy MUSIC Vocal: Abhishek Raghuram Kunnakol : Mahesh Vinayakaram Mridangam, Pakhwaj & Chenda : Ganapathi Subramaniam Tabla & Swar Mandal : Sai Shravanam Chorus : Savitha, Anjana, Mayur & Rahul Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Sai Shravanam at Resound India. VIDEO Editing: Vivian Ambrose & Rukmini Vijayakumar 1st AD: Sharan Ranjit Line Producer: Shibani Naidu Art: Jayaram.M & Yethin N Lights: Cinema Angadi Gaffer: Kiran Kumar Photography: Sunilino Venue Partner: Tamarind Tree.