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Acclaimed dancer duo at annual recital

November 2008
Acclaimed dancer duo at annual recital

“Omkaram”, a celebration in dance of the various forms of Shiva, was the theme of the Kalaivani Dance and Music Academy’s annual recital for 2008 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on Oct. 5.

Some 120 of the academy’s students, of ages ranging from four years to 45 years, performed to a fusion of eastern and western melodies. The dancers, trained in Bharatanatyam by Ms. Padmaja Kelam and Master Siddharth Kelam, brought to life the glorious sculptures of Indian temples and some remarkable fables from Indian mythology.

The performance started with an invocatory music composition of Ragamalika by Sunil Joshi. The highlight of the first half of the show was a jugalbandi by Siddarth Kelam and American ballet dancers Andrew Worthem and Amy Jacques. Eight advanced KDAMA students exhibited their exemplary style and technique.

Another highlight of the show was a brilliant Kathak performance titled “Ojas” by the internationally acclaimed dancer-duo Nirupama and Rajendra. Their artistic ability and the high quality of their choreography left the audience spellbound. Quick costume changes and effective lighting helped enrich the performance.

Parents of the Kalaivani students coordinated the event, and were helped by AID Atlanta volunteers.

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