JalaSRI, the dance ballet unfolds through nature. Beautiful, Bountiful, Abundant nature. Wonderful nature, varied nature. Nature in full blooms, the animals prancing around, winds rustling and birds chirping through the trees and the bushes, water - bubbling forth in the form of rivers, streams and waterfalls, or staying calm in ponds and lakes. Nature tells us how wonderful she feels through the six seasons. She does not believe in her birth or her death….she is there, has been there and shall always be there.

Trees in full bloom

But she questions man. What is he doing? Why is he using up the natural resources? Will he ultimately destroy the tree of life that combines all nature - birds, animals, and all….Man’s doing has brought calamities, poverty onto him. How will he restore Nature?

JalaSRI is a prototype researched and developed to help man out of the situation he has created for himself. The various scenes of the production JalaSRI depict this.

When man destroys forests to create space for himself, he ruins the natural habitat of animals. As a result, man kills animals and animals kill man. In this mix up of habitat, JalaSRI shows man how to build a bio-corridor. This is depicted through dance. A village is shown on a forest land, with a tiger coming and trying to devour a child, villagers trying to kill it, finally JalaSRI dancers saving the situation.

Bio Corridor - JalaSRI saving tiger

Famine and floods
We have floods and we have famines, both of which create tremendous havoc. For this, JalaSRI gives the option of linking small rivers and streams. The floodwater and the excess rainwater can be useful in dry drought and famine ridden areas. For this sequence, Smitalay dancers depict two villages with two different situations and JalaSRI helping them link a river

JalaSRI will teach the use of remote sensors. These remote sensors will help predict nature’s patterns, thereby creating work and sustainability for villages. Here the dancers depict two situations - a village with a dried up well, a frustrated youth rearing to leave and his elders, convinced by JalaSRI, trying to make him stay. And then finally with JalaSRI cajoling him and explaining him the technology, the youth agreeing. The second situation has a village with impure water that has caused an epidemic. The JalaSRI dancers explain man water purification and proper irrigation, thereby restoring prosperity and happiness in his life.

Finally, JalaSRI will bring technology to aid man. Here the dancers depict technology through robotic, puppet - like movements and networking through a lot of complex dance steps and movements on stage.

There fore with the help of JalaSRI, Nature’s equilibrium is restored, with Nature promising to remain forever, and the Tree of life standing stoic and solid once again.

All Ends Well

The JalaSRI production lastly has a powada - which can be loosely described as a ballad, which describes JalaSRI in all its aspects.

Concept: Dr. G. P. Patil and the watershed surveillance and research institute team Jalagaon.
Visualization, Choreography and Direction: Jhelum Paranjape
Assistant: Ankur Ballal
Lyrics: Sharad Chhapekar, Pravin Davne & Bunckim
Music: Arvind Hasabnis, Dnyaneshwar Kasar & Bunckim
Vocals: Ravindra Sathe, Madhuri Karmarkar, Nandesh Umap
Costumes: Suhita Thatte
Sets Design: Pathikrit Mukherjee
Slide Presentation: Nivedita Kothare
Lights and Light Design: Arun Madkaikar


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