Speaking exclusively to Natyahasini, Sri Rama Nataka Niketan teacher, Guru Manjula Ramaswamy says that with the blessings of the Almighty and her dear Father, Late Guru Sri VS Ramamoorthy Garu, her students with their dedication and hard work and passion are representing the State and the Art at the Republic Day. “They have achieved what they were striving for. This itself makes me feel extremely blessed and fills my heart with pride and joy,” she says smilingly.
On being at the forefront of innovative programmes, Guru Manjula Ramaswamy says that her father always said: “No programme is small or big…every performance should be given 100% devotion, hard work and creativity. This is what my students, in fact more than me, try to imbibe and strive for in every new work they do.”
The teacher reminds that dance itself is a Sadhana and daily practice is something Late Master Garu always emphasized a lot on. “So, despite their busy schedules, my students were able to prepare for all the events within a short period of time, at times it would just be a couple of days. In fact, it was because of their keen interest to be part of the 73rd Republic Day celebrations and their persistence that all this could happen. Honestly, I’m humbled to be able to guide and support them and be an instrument of help,” says the Guru.
Manjula Ramaswamy says that she believes in Sportsmanship. “It doesn’t matter whether one wins or loses, what matters is the experience one gains from it. This event has been a learning lesson for all the participants there including my dear children and I’m sure they are going to enjoy these memorable experiences and relish it for their lifetime,” she says.
The students to dance at the Rajpath include Dantuluri Jahnavi, Anushka Sara Mathew, Kamisetty Himanshita, A Shruthi Sreekumar, Jagabattula Maheshwari, Tejeswini Chakraborty, Garika Thanmaiee, GS Vidya Nandini, Borra Meghana, K Nithya Varalaxmi Reddy.