Kaveri Natya Yoga & Bihl Haus Arts present:
DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2015, 2-4 pm
LOCATION: Carver Theatre, 226 Hackberry
Srinivasa Nayaka was a rich and miserable miser. Only the intervention of Vishnu, disguised as an old man, could transform his pitiful life. Vishnu approached Srinivasa with a plea for help, which, of course, he selfishly denied. Next the old man asked Srinivasa’s wife for help. She was a kind and pious woman but had no wealth of her own save for her gold nose ring, which she selflessly gave to the old man. He took the ring to Srinivasa Nayaka and demanded money for it. Assuming that the ring belonged to his wife, Srinivasa hurried home to confront her. Fearful of Srinivasa’s reaction, she chose to drink poison to escape his wrath. As she raised the bowl of poison to her lips, however, she found, to her amazement, the ring at the bottom of the bowl. At the sight of this miracle, Srinivasa was stuck by sudden enlightenment, a gift from Vishnu. In return for this gift, Srinivasa Nayaka became Purandara DAsa. He gave away all of his riches to the poor and became a traveling mendicant, spreading the word of his own enlightenment and the joy of giving and sharing all over India. He sang simple songs celebrating Vishnu and the spiritually rich life and created Carnatic Music to please the gods and all of the people of the world. More here.