Dance homage marks Sivaratri
HOMAGE TO NATARAJA: Natyanjali festival at Akilandeswari Jambukeswarar temple, Tiruchi.
THE ANNUAL `Salangai Natyanjali' festival organised by the Salangai Academy of Indian Classical Arts at the Sri Akhilandeswari Jambukeswarar Temple, Tiruvanaikoil, Tiruchi, on the occasion of `Mahasivarathri,' proved an all-night music and dance tribute.
The Tiruchi-based Salangai Academy, founded 19 years ago by Vijaya Mukundan and Mukundan, is guided by a team of eminent personalities from diversified fields of expertise and has been contributing towards the development of rich cultural heritage of the country.
It launched the Salangai Natyanjali festival on the `Mahasivarathri' festival in 1997 and has become a regular annual event since then, thanks to the overwhelming response from the people of the district.
This year's programme was inaugurated by Brig. (retired) B. Narayanasamy, president of the Academy, in the presence of a large gathering of music lovers and the events commenced with a Carnatic vocal recital by Koviladi Madhav Prasad and his party.
The students of the Academy, Shobitha, Janani, Deeksha, Niranthari, Sinduja, Sahana, Harini, Kanimozhishree, Kaushika, Sowndaryalakshmi, Sruthyswarnam, Vithursika (all disciples of the Mukundans) presented Bharatanatyam.
This was followed by a dance-drama `Aarupadai Veedu' by a group of students of Chitra Subramani of Navarasakendra, Chennai.
R. Jayasree, M. S. Gayathri, V. Sarada, S. Jayapriya and S. Rubella presented the dance drama with charm, grace and devotion.
Swetha Balakrishnan and Sanjana Balakrishnan, both disciples of Deepa Govindarajan of Guru Krupa Natyalaya, Chennai, presented a Bharatanatyam recital. The concerts were well received by the audience.
The dance homage concluded with a presentation by the students of Navarasakendra.
The recital that included Natesa Kanthuvam, Shiva-Sakthi, Kaliyuga Varadan, Ulagam Pugazhum Natya Kalaye, Meenakshi Talattu ended with a crisp thillana.
Deepa Govindarajan provided nattuvangam, Murali Prasad and Venugopal rendered the vocal to the accompaniment of Viswanathan on the mridangam, Jagadeesh and Muruganandam on the violin and Ramesh on the flute.
SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF
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