It was a special moment for K. Kishan, working as an art instructor for the past 20 years in Jawahar Bal Bhavan. He received an award for his painting ‘Buddham Sharnam Gachami’ at a national level painting competition organised by Navrang Art Academy in Vijayawada.

Twin titles for Rajeswari

City-based Bharathanatyam dancer Rajeswari Sainath has been chosen for the title of “Vani Kala Sudhakara” from Sri Tyaga Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai and “Nritya Kala Sagara” from Visaka Music Academy, Visakhapatnam.

The Awards are conferred to the veterans in the field of music, dance and drama for their contribution to the field and will be given on December 9 in Chennai and December 3 in Vishakapatnam.

Impressive arangetram

Chelna Galada, a student of Ananda Shankar Jayant, performed her Bharatanatyam Arangetram at Ravindra Bharati on September 2. “It has always been my practice to choreograph something special for each of my students for their Arangetrams. Chelna hails from the Jain community, and I chose to present three items reflecting the Jain faith and philosophy,” says Ananda.

As an opening item after the Pushpanjali, Chelna presented Namokara Mantra, which is a prayer recited daily by followers of Jainism.

For the main piece — the varnam — chelna We chose to presented the ‘Chaudaha Sapna of Queen Trishala’.

The poetry in Rajasthani language, was set into the varnam musical format by Venumadhav and choroegraphy was by Ananda.

The Guest of Honour Chitra Vishweswaran, praised this work as historic and as the first meeting point between Bharatanatyam and Jainism.