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A special performance marks 12/12/12

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Artistes stand in sculpturesque posture onsteps leading to Simhachalam temple

with devotion:A total of 108 students of Sri Nirmala Nritya Niketan offering 'Narasimha Sopanalapai Nruttakarana Neerajanam' in 108 'karanams'on the steps of Simhachalam temple in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.— Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
with devotion:A total of 108 students of Sri Nirmala Nritya Niketan offering 'Narasimha Sopanalapai Nruttakarana Neerajanam' in 108 'karanams'on the steps of Simhachalam temple in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.— Photo: C. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

The sequence of the date drew the attention of many in their own ways. For some it was an important date to expect a newborn while others had a reason to celebrate and stage a memorable performance.

The bright and sunny day on Wednesday saw 108 budding artistes stand in sculpturesque posture as a devotional offering to Lord Narasimha on the steps leading to the centuries-old shrine of Simhachalam. The fancy date ‘12/12/12’ was special to the young Kuchipudi artistes as they were seen presenting each a ‘Nrutya Karanam’ summing up to 108. The 12-minute portrayal of 108 ‘karanams’ (postures) that started at noon caught the attention of many.

The artistes stood in succession in 108 postures and it started off at noon and ended at 12.12 p.m. ‘Narasimha Sopanalapai Nruttakarana Nirajanam’ was performed by students of Sri Nirmala Nrutya Niketan (SNNN) where students of UKG to Post Graduation participated.

A ‘karanam’ acts as an interlude between two or more bits of a classical dance, leading to another bit of dance. Each ‘karanam’ has a meaning and a posture that takes a few minutes to be in the pose, said Sandhya, a student of SNNN.

Explaining about the programme, B. Vijayajyothi of SNNN said: “The event was organised to promote the classical art among younger generation and help the children understand the relevance of karanams.” The celebration is also combined with the 30{+t}{+h}anniversary of the Nrutya Niketan. In any form of classical dance, ‘karanam’ plays an important role and should be learnt with perfection, she said.

After entering the Limca Book of Records in 2010, the team now aims to make a mark in India Book of Records. Founder president of SNNN B. Nirmala Devi, executive officer of Simhachalam Devasthanam D. Brahmaramba, Assistant Director of State Information Centre B. Nooka Raju and others were present.


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