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Three-day cultural event begins

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Bombay Jayashri performing at an event held in memory of F. G. Natesa Iyer in Tiruchi on Thursday. | Photo Credit: M. Srinath

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A three-day cultural event in memory of F. G. Natesa Iyer, founder of the Rasika Ranjana Sabha, a centennial cultural organisation, began in the city on Thursday with a scintillating vocal concert by Bombay Jayashri Ramnath and party.

Drama artiste John Prakash Ebinesan was felicitated with a purse and shawl by the sabha in recognition of his contributions in the field of drama.

Former Mayor S. Sujatha presided over the inaugural ceremony which was followed by the concert. Ms. Jayashri was accompanied by Mysore Shrikanth on violin, Delhi Sriram on mridangam and S. Krishna on the ghatam. Vice-presidents of the sabha, N. Gopalaswamy and P. K. Thiagarajan, and Senior Secretary N. Sekhar spoke. The other events lined up for the occasion include a vocal concert by Ashok Ramani on Friday and a musical discourse by Kalyanapuram R Aravamudachariar on Saturday.

The events are being held at the Oorvasi Theatre Complex in the city.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/three-day-cultural-event-begins/article20496912.ece


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Naalathe is on a mission to bring back the quintessence of Bharatanatyam back to a new generation of dance enthusiasts in Trichy


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Naalathe founder-president Supriya Ravikumar (centre) with her colleagues Gajalakshmi Anbalagan (right), J Idaya Rajkumar (extreme right) and students ahead of the ‘Colours of Abinaya’ performance to be held at Singaperumal Kovil Auditorium in Srirangam on September 23. | Photo Credit: M. SRINATH

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Naalathe is on a mission to bring back the quintessence of Bharatanatyam back to a new generation of dance enthusiasts

For the past four years, Naalathe, a group of teachers of Bharatanatyam and related arts based in Tiruchi, has been trying to stem the tide of talent flowing away to the metropolises. “We started Naalathe because every artiste has become isolated. To each person, what their guru taught is sacrosanct.

But as we grow in individuality, we have started adding innovation in dance forms. This doesn’t send the right message to the younger generation,” says Supriya Ravikumar, the founder-president of the group, with over 21 years of teaching Bharatanatyam behind her.

Naalathe brings together around 15 experts in classical dance and musical arts, and this Navaratri, the group has lined up performances at the Gollu Mandapam of Arulmigu Thayumanavar Thirukovil (Rock Fort), from September 21 to 28.

At 6pm today (September 23), students of Naalathe members Supriya, J Idaya Rajkumar and Gajalakshmi Anbalagan will be presenting Colours of Abhinaya at Singaperumal Kovil Auditorium in Srirangam under the auspices of the local chapter of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Infosys Foundation, Bengaluru.

Extra-curricular activity

Retaining the purity of the dance form has been a sort of mission with Supriya, who runs the Sri Priyalaya Arts Academy. Over the years, she rues, learning classical dance has become an extra-curricular activity for school-goers and their parents. “The only aim seems to have the child learn as much is required for an arangetram (debut) performance. If a teacher is strict, children tend to hop to another. This was unthinkable in the days when arts education was shaped by the gurukulam system,” she says.

The fault lies not just in the learners, but also in teachers, she says. “Unless we know our art perfectly, and share our experience with others in the field, how are we going to encourage youngsters?” she asks.

Colours of Abhinaya will showcase the talents of upcoming and accomplished dancers on the same stage. “We chose this title because abhinaya (expressive techniques used to convey a theme, mood, or idea) differs from person to person, depending on the age group and experience. It will be a platform for all, and a treat for the eyes,” she says.

Learning, teaching

Compared to others, Naalathe joint secretary Gajalakshmi Anbalagan is a newcomer to the city. A student of Chennai-based Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi exponent S Divyasena, Gajalakshmi worked in Singapore as a dance teacher, and shifted to Tiruchi after marriage. “I feel Naalathe is an important platform for dance enthusiasts and teachers like me. I have studied under Supriya ma’am, and as a teacher and well-wisher, she gave me several guidelines when I was setting out on my own,” she says.

Watching more programmes helps students hone their own dance skills, feels Gajalakshmi, and for this, the city has to wake up and give more opportunities to local dance groups.

Naalathe treasurer J Idaya Rajkumar has been running her Nrithya Kalalaya school in KK Nagar for 14 years, and has so far prepared 15 dancers for their arangetram. “Parents stop their children from attending dance classes once they reach senior school. Perhaps only one in 30 students is here to learn Bharatanatyam for cultural reasons. Many children waste their years of training after they get busy with higher studies and professions. The only way to keep old pupils in touch with their art is to have them over for small portions of our programmes,” she says.

Like most children, Vytheki Santhakumar took up dance because her mother pushed her into it. “But I fell in love with Bharatanatyam after that initial hesitance. So I always tell my students that if I can dance, so can they,” says Vytheki, a Sri Lankan national who has been based in Tiruchi since childhood, and runs a dance school here. “Half-way through my Engineering degree, I realised that dance would play a significant role in my life forever,” she adds.

Naalathe helps her to maintain standards as a working professional, she says. “I am a bit reserved, and so lose out on contacts. Naalathe helps me to connect with others in the field and get dance engagements,” she says.

Certification

The group, which has senior instructor Vrinda Ramanan as adviser, also prepares students for the annual Prayathnam dance exams. This is a Chennai-based organisation comprising of senior figures in classical performing arts, that certifies the accomplishments of students. “More than a degree, this is recognition by an expert,” says Supriya. “The exam pattern has created a unity within us in Naalathe. All our students are more or less of the same calibre, because we share our knowledge while training them up for the exams.”

M Jaya Khavi, the all-India topper in the 6th level of the Prayathnam exam this year, is a student/instructor who will be taking part in Colours of Abhinaya as well. “I have been learning dance from Supriya ma’am from the age of 8. She is more of a mother than teacher to me,” says Jaya Khavi, who is now doing her Masters in Dance. When asked about the impact of technology on classical art forms, she says, “the internet can actually be very useful for young artistes. We can see how various people around the world perform the same dance according to their training and exposure. We can also register our own presence in the field through YouTube.”

A Nojanna is a Naalathe member who is also an examiner for Prayathnam exams. Starting out as a group dancer, Nojanna, a double degree holder in classical dance and fashion technology, is now much in demand as a solo performer. “The best thing about our group is that students from financially poor backgrounds also get a chance to perform on stage. This is the only way to spread the culture of dance in society,” she says.

For now, Naalathe members pool in their own funds to stage their shows, which can go cost upwards of ₹1 lakh. “Most of the money goes towards hall fees, sound and light arrangements, and the stage backdrops,” says Supriya. “Besides this, the students have to shell out at least ₹5000 for a dance costume, and ₹2000 for the accessories.” Can corporate sponsorship help? “Certainly. But most local companies prefer to sponsor events in Chennai and completely overlook performers in their own city,” she replies.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/dance/naalathe-bharatanatyam-tiruchi-nahla-nainar/article19735215.ece


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Talented aspirants from Sri Bharathakala Academy,Srirangam are performing Bharathanatiyam at Thailand on the eve of India's 70th Independence Day celebrations there


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See Indian dances, Indian art and shop for Ayurvedic products at a festival celebrating 70 years of independence on the subcontinent with events through the rest of the year.

The Embassy of India is hosting Festival of India in Thailand, with traditional dance performances, art exhibitions and other cultural events also marking 70 years of Indian-Thai diplomatic relations.

A “Sri Krishna” dance performance will be held at 7:30pm on Saturday at the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater. At the same venue, a dance workshop will be held at 11am on Sunday. Tickets are available online for 700 baht to 1,500 baht.

Sri Krishna will feature dances about the Hindu God Krishna and his prankster antics and will be performed by 13 dancers from the Sri Bharatakala Dance Academy from Tiruchirappalli and Chennai.



source: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2017/08/31/india-going-celebrate-70-years-shows-art/


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Rasika Ranjana Sabha rolls out cultural week

From August 13 to 20

Rasika Ranjana Sabha will hold week-long cultural programmes and felicitation of young Carnatic musicians in memory of its founder L. Venkatraman.

Slotted to be held from August 13 to 20, the L.V. Memorial programme will be inaugurated at the Sabha’s F.G.N. Hall on Sunday. R. Banumathy, daughter and disciple of S. Ramanathan, Director, Alapana Arts, Singapore, will give away prizes to winners of the recent music contests and confer the titles ‘Sangeetha Sri’ upon S. Padmashree and Shruthi Shankar Kumar. Srimushnam K. Rengarajan will be honoured with a purse. This will be followed by a vocal recital by S. Padmashree.

Vocal concerts will be held at Hotel Sangam by Ranjani and Gayathri on August 14, Sherthalai Dr. K.N. Renganatha Sharma (August 15) and Sikkil Sri C. Gurucharan (August 16).

‘Ramanujar 1000’

The latter half of the commemorative week will be held at the F.G.N. Hall, commencing with the dance-drama, ‘Ramanujar 1000’, performed by Srirangam Bharatha Natyalaya under the direction of Revathy Muthuswamy on August 17. This will be followed by RR Sabha’s historical drama ‘Pandavi’ on August 18 and the Mayurapriya Chennai production ‘Vivahamalai.com’ on August 19.

The week will conclude on August 20 with the play ‘Ninaipathellam Nadanthuvittal’ starring Kathadi Ramamurthy, directed by S.L. Naanu. Admission is free.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 448280.ece


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