On the occasion of Children’s Day, tiny tots of Shree Narayani Natyalaya (A Bharatanatyam Kuteeram) and Guru Santhosh Kumar Thamang gave mesmerising performance at Shilparamam Madhapur. Founder of Mayuri Dance Academy, Hyderabad, Smt. Vaidehi Subhash, was present to bless and encourage the young children. Smt Vaidehi has been trained in Bharatanatyam under Guru Shree Pathabi Sreedharan during her child hood.
The students of Shree Narayani Natyalaya began the evening’s performance with a typical Bharatanatyam repertoire Pushpanjali in raagam Naattai. This was followed by Alarippu, set in Taalam Thisram, traditionally the first dance piece that a Bharatanatyam dancer learns. Next was Shiva Stuthi, a composition taken from the Shivananda Lahari by Adi Shankaracharya and composed by Vidushi Smt. Gayathri Keshavan. Set in Raagam Poorvikalyani and Taalam Mishra Chappu, the young dancers exhibited their prowess to the lord of Dance, Nataraja.
The stars of the eveningUrvija Thamang and Soma Vidhignya performed to a Tamil Padam, Kaalai Thooki, a composition by Marimuthu Pillai, set in Ragam Yadukula Kamboji and Talam Adi. In this composition the young dancers perform beautifully emoting Lord Shiva’s dances in the golden theatre of Chidambaram.
Another Tamil song in the praise of Lord Shiva, Natanam Adinar, set to the raagam Vasantham and Khanda jathi Atta taalam by Gopaalakrishna Bharatiyaar, showcased the blissful and divine dance of the trinetra. Indeed, it was a celebration of Lord Shiva, the cosmic dancer, who balances destruction and creation. The young stars also performed Sri Ramachandra Bhajan, Hanuman Chalisa and ended the evening with the Thillana.