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Honour for artiste

Bharatnatyam exponent from the twin cities bags prestigious awards.

Rajeswari Sainath, the Bharatanatyam expert from twin cities is bagging two prestigious awards this year. She is being conferred the Nritya Choodamani by Krishna Gana Sabha for 2005 December (season) festival. The Hyderabad-based organisation Kalasagaram has chosen to felicitate her with the Nritya Kalasagara at its annual music and dance festival this month. Each award function will be followed by a dance presentation by the artiste.

A string of performances await Chennai where the dancer has prime time slots allotted to her by four most reputed sabhas - Krishna Gana Sabha, Narada Gana Sabha, Karthik Fine Arts and Madras Music Academy.

Pure dance being her forte, Rajeswari is all set to prove her mettle with challenging presentations. "I would like to live up to the honours being conferred on me. I always believe in giving my best and I strive to that extent to rise up to the expectations of my loyal audience. For the Kalasagaram festival here, I have taken up a subject of five gems in mythology (Pancharatna). For the Chennai season, I have chosen a unique piece where I will do a 35-minute pure dance (nritta) adapted to the percussion ensemble (Taniavarthanam). A double mridangam and tabla tarang will be my orchestra on stage. It involves complex and speedy footwork in accordance to the syllabic utterances. I look forward to this season with pleasure and excitement," says a confident Rajeswari. Her tour of Australia early next year to participate in the Pancharatna festival at Melbourne keeps her diary duly filled.

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