Gowthami Venkatesulu, a disciple of Madhuri Balram and Latha, founder and directors of Shrraddanjali School of Bharatanatyam, will have her Bharatanatyam arangetram on February 10 (today) at 6.30 p.m. at T.N. Rajarathinam Pillai Muthamizh Peravai Hall, 92, Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Salai (next to Andhra Mahila Sabha, opposite to MGR Janaki College). Lakshmi Ramaswamy, Founder and Director, Sri Mudhraalaya, and Sreelatha Vinod, Artistic Director, Anthara Centre for Performing Arts will be the chief guests.

Gowthami has been a student of Ms. Madhuri Balram and Ms. Latha for the past 11 years.

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Rotary International District 3230 of Rotary Club of Chennai Galaxy honoured Bharatanatyam exponents Padma Bhushan V.P. Dhananjayan and Padma Bhushan Shantha Dhananjayan with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for their outstanding contribution in Bharatanatyam.

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Lava Kusha, a Bharathanatya Natakam by Mahalakshmi Ashwin was staged recently here at Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Chennai. Written by Ashwin Kumar Iyer, music by P. B. Srirangachari and choreographed by Mahalakshmi Ashwin. Senior dancers from TAPAS and Kalakshetra also took part.

The performance was accompanied by vocalist Sai Sabapathy, violin by Suresh, mridangam by Nagai Narayanan, flute by Raghavendra and special effects by Jayakumar.

Young dancers Niveditha and Manasa Sriram as Lava and Kusa did an encore performance exhibiting good nritha and bhava. Senior dancers from Kalakshetra, Niteesh as Rama, Madhusudhanan as Lakshmana and Srinath as Bharatha added flavour and substance to the dance drama with their experience and meticulous foot work. However, the cynosure of all eyes was Sairam of Tapas, who donned the role of Hanuman and exhibiting it with awesome and mighty dance bhavas and aesthetics.

The near hour long event had the audience applauding after every scene and all the dancers made it an evening to remember. The choreography had all the ingredients similar to a typical Kalakshetra production and Mahalakshmi Ashwin deserves full credit for her stupendous conception and nattuvangam.

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