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Radhika’s arangetram shows creativity

December 12
02:08 2011

NEW YORK: Radhika Viswanathan, a student of Sivajyothi Dance Academy of Guru Thejaswini Raj of Staten Island, presented a Bharatanatya Arangetram (debut performance) at Main auditorium of Flushing temple in Queens, New York last week.
The young artist showed exemplary footwork and her expressive eyes and agile movements on the stage invited loud cheers from the discerning audience.
A sophomore at Great Neck South High School, Viswanathan has been learning Bharatanatyam from Thejaswini Raj since the age of six. As a student, she has participated in numerous programs and competitions in the tri-state area.
An all-round achiever, Viswanathan is also learning Carnatic music from Guru Saavitri Ramanand since the age of five and has won several awards. In her academics, she maintains a straight-A average in all honors classes, and is also a member of her school’s tennis team.
The young danseuse commenced her performance with Nachiyar Kavithuvam in Raagam Malaya Marutham and this invocatory item began with prostrations to Mother Earth. She continued Alarippu in Misram and Alarippu literally means ‘flowering’.
The dancer moved on to Jathiswaram, a more complex nritta item. Thereafter, she performed the varnam, the most enthralling, interesting and challenging item in a Bharathanatyam recital.
She also did particularly well in Kalinga Narthanam a beautiful composition interspersed with powerful rhythmic syllables and poetic lyrics. The dancer also excelled in Kavadi Chindu – a lyrical and musical work of the 19th century by poet Annamalai Reddiar. The Thillana piece by Lalgudi Jayaraman was the brisk conclusion to the Bharatnatyam recital. The special feature of this thillana is a Laya-Nrithya exchange between the percussionist and the dancer.
Ably supporting Viswanathan’s performance were singer Saavitri Ramanand, well-known Carnatic classical vocalist of India; A.R Balaskandan on the mridangam; Arun Ramamurthy on the violin; and Kalyan Raman, also known as Flute Raman, one of the leading Flautists in the Carnatic style of Music.
Guru Thejaswini Raj, founder artistic director of Shivajyothi Dance Academy is an accomplished professional dance teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience. She is known for her intricate and exquisite choreography. Smt. Thejaswini mastered the Kaattu Mannar Koyil Muthukumaran Pillai (one of the founding teachers of Kalakshetra) style of Bharatanatyam under the guidance of her father, the late Guru S.V. Srinivasan, who is the direct disciple of Kaattu Mannar Koyil. Her students have performed at many venues in India, Europe and America.
India Post News Service

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