Colourful display of talents
Meenakshi Sagar’s creativity and skilful use of the theme’s potential were evident in the choreography.
‘Aradhana School of Dance’ presented a colourful display of talents with traditional Bharatanatyam numbers as well as lighter items during its decennial celebrations held at the Corporation Kalaiarangam, R.S.Puram, Coimbatore.
Started in 1997 by Meenakshi Sagar, disciple of J. Suryanarayana Murthy with five students at the Ayyappan Koil in Podanur, the school has grown in stature with a steady increase in the number of students.
The unity of Siva and Vishnu was their theme and even the backdrop, with Lord Siva’s trisul (trident) in the middle flanked by the chakra and the conch of Lord Vishnu on either side, brought it out effectively.
Cutely dressed tiny tots began the programme with ‘Pranamya Shirasaadevam’ propitiating Lord Ganesha and moved on to ‘Vandeham Sharadaam’ in Yamunakalyani by Sri Dayananda Saraswathi. Natesa Kauthuvam in Amritavarshini was very lively with pure nritta.
G. Vijayaraghavan’s ‘Ambuviyil Ponnambalathil’ and ‘Vaiyathu Maanidare Keleer’ were enjoyable. While the former extolled the virtues of Lord Siva, the latter offered a fanciful explanation for the presence of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala. After all the struggles during the various avatars, Vishnu wanted to relax in Vaikunta. But that was not to be.
Being troubled by His Consorts, Sridevi and Bhoodevi (one will not stay in one place and the other will not move from her place) he married Padmavathi and took permanent shelter at Tirumala. That, guru Meenakshi Sagar had creatively utilised the immense potential offered by the song for dramatisation was evident in the choreography. Hiranya vadham, Seetha apaharanam and Krishna’s bala leelas stood out among the episodes depicted through this song.
Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer’s Kalinga Narthana tillana was lively with lots of students participating in it. Some of the items choreographed by the senior disciples of the school were also presented towards the end.
Chief Guest Gayathri Chidambaram, Joint secretary, Temple of fine Arts, Coimbatore and theatre person K.S.Krishnan (Kovai K.R.S) offered rich felicitations.
Guru Meenakshi Sagar’s ability to guide her students with the crisp and clear nattuvangam proved a strong help. The orchestra consisted of G.R. Praveen Kumar and Meenakshi Sagar (vocal), G.Vijayaraghavan (mridangam), Sirumugai Sivagami (violin) and Somanur Raghunathan (flute).
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