Jaya Jaya Devi has been in the news for the interesting judgement on copyright issue passed by Madras High Court. The court held in session by Justice V. Ramasubramanian said “it was clear from the language of section 17 of the Copyright Act that as a matter of general rule, the author of a work was the first owner of the copyright therein..”
Here is what Cleveland Cultural Alliance (CCA) has to say in their website about the ballet they featured in 1994 .
“This was CCA’s first production. CCA commissioned Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman to compose the music and the lyrics, and Shrimathi Radha to choreograph the ballet. This dance drama celebrated the omnipotence of Devi, or the female aspect of the Divinity. Each aspect of Devi was represented by a different dancer, all of whom were carefully chosen by CCA. Notable among them were Mahalakshmi as Uma, Anita Ratnam as Durga and Sreelatha Rajamoney as the female aspect of Ardhanareeswara. G. Narendra played the role of Shiva, and P.C.Ramakrishna in the role of Nandi provided the narrative links between the sequences. CCA undertook the entire production of this lyrical ballet as well as its N.American tour of 25 cities where it played to sold out audiences. ”
The Ballet was recently revived and staged in Chennai.. This time the dancers were Meenakshi Srinivasan, Mythili Prakash, Kirti Ramgopal, Tara Raman, Preeti Hariharan, Vibhushitha Chandrasekaran, Shraddha Balasubramanian, N. Shyamala and Meera Srikant , J. Suryanarayanamurthy, S. Shivakumar, Binesh Mahadevan, with Yathin Agarwal and E.D. Venkatasubramanian.
Carnatic Darbar faetures a review of Jaya Jaya Devi that gives more details about the opera..Please read it here.
- The Copyright judgement: http://www.hindu.com/2008/02/27/stories/2008022752730400.htm
- CCA Website: http://www.thehorizons.com/cca/pastprod.htm
- Jaya Jaya Devi- offical webiste- http://www.jayajayadevi.org/
- Carnatic darbar review- http://www.carnaticdarbar.com/News/200802/20081006.asp
- Jaya jaya devi’s preview in The Hindu: http://www.hindu.com/fr/2008/10/03/stories/2008100351390400.htm