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Giving through dance

By: S. Gopal
July 2010
Giving through dance The invocatory dance was performed by the schools' youngest students, taking their first steps into the world of Bharatanatyam. The next piece, “Thodaya mangalam” praising Lord Rama, exhibited the dancer’s perfection in poses (Anga Sutham); the tillana in ragam Kathana Kuthuhalam with fast intricate footwork was a feast for the eyes. The Kavadi Sindhu “Valli kanavan” portrayed the intensity of the nayika’s love for her nayaka, Lord Muruga. The Meera bhajan “Hari tuma haro” presented the bhakthi maarga so beautifully by pleading to Lord Vishnu to remove the suffering of his devotees. “Marainthirunthu Paarkum” (from an old Tamil movie ) took the audience back in time and enchanted by the swiftly changing moods of the heroine in love. In “Karpagavalli nin,” keertanam, the artist’s bhakti bhava in her supplication to Goddess Karpagambal conveyed the essence of devotion.

“Adharam Madhuram”, “Sa ri ga ma,” “Om” and “Confluence” exhibited Guru Subhathra Sudarshan’s mettle in choreographing for a wide variety of challenging numbers. While her work is equipped with strong technicalities it was also full of innovative ideas.

The program was graced by the presence of Smt. Radhika Shurajit, accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and the director of the popular show “Thaka-dhimi-tha” of Jaya TV (Chennai, India). Smt. Surajit has been a mentor of Smt. Sudarsan. A highlights of the evening was “Nilaa kaaigiradhu,” from the film Indira, originally choreographed by Radhika Shurajit. The dance was presented in her honor.

The event was a fundraiser organized by the Third Eye Dancers, a nonprofit organization, to help Akshaya Trust feed homeless and uncared people in Madurai. This dance school not only teaches Bharatanatyam, but also does humanitarian service to several institutions in India and the United States. So far the school has donated $11,000 to Rising Star Outreach (which used the funds to create a library for a school where the children from a leprosy colony are studying.), and $10,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To donate to Third Eye Dancers for Akshaya Trust, please contact Sudarshan at 770.527.0964.

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