These days, ‘Vennira Aadai' Nirmala is happier to be known as a dancer-choreographer rather than an actor. Bubbling with enthusiasm, she speaks about her brainchild ‘Konjum Salangai,' the dance show for television, which is based on classical and folk dance forms, with special attention on Bharatanatyam. The fifth edition of the show began on Doordarshan, Sunday last. ‘Konjum Salangai' is open to children in the age groups seven to 14. After four successful seasons comes the fifth which has quite a few innovations.
An excited Nirmala says, “I have written the script, directed and am also the judge. The aim of the programme is to promote Bharatanatyam in its purest form and provide a platform for aspiring dancers. Dancing is not just about moving the limbs; it is about adhering to Natyasastra. Our programme aims to highlight this aspect.”
‘Konjum Salangai' has a round dedicated to folk dance. The winner of the competition will be conferred the title ‘Podhigai Ila Mayil' and get a half-an-hour slot to perform on Podhigai Channel. “Awards will be given for Best Abhinaya, Best Costume and Best Innovative Dance,” Nirmala says.
The earlier seasons were a big hit among women and children. Says a proud Nirmala, “Wherever I went, children would recognise me and congratulate me on the show. And then say they are eagerly awaiting the next seasons.” The show is hosted by Sudha.
‘Konjum Salangai' is telecast on DD Podhigai, Sundays, 10.30 a.m.