Youngest to perform ‘arangetram'
Two children from Kolar are all set to create a record in the world of cultural field. Five-year-old M. Chitrashree and six-year-old R.V. Lehanya will perform “arangetram” at a function at the T. Chennaiah Ranga Mandira here on Friday.
It is said that they are the youngest dancers in the world to perform conventional “arangetram” in Bharatanatyam, the ancient performing art form of India.
The present feat is held by a Bangalore girl who performed “arangetram” at the age of eight.
Both Chitrashree and Lehanya are students of Sri Jayanatya Kala Academy founded by Kolar Ramesh. While Chitrashree was just admitted to standard one, Lehanya is a class two student.
Keen in dance and music, both these child prodigies, with unstinted support from their parents, got lessons in Carnatic classical music from C. Narayanaswamy. Chitrashree was initially trained in dance by Arunakumari.
Though it is the traditional “arangetram” for these child artistes, both of them have given stage performances at several places, including one at ADA Ranga Mandira in Bangalore, to exhibit their dancing talent. The “arangetram” is slated to be held at 4 p.m. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara will inaugurate the programme.
Ramesh Chadaga (singing), Nagaraju (mridanga), Natarajmurthy (violin), Narasimhamurthy (flute) will join hands with Ramesh (natuvanga) in the “arangetram”.