Chidambaram reverberates to rhythm of Natyanjali

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Justice A.P. Shah inaugurated the 26th edition of Natyanjali, a dance festival, on the Nataraja temple premises at Chidambaram on Friday.

He lauded the organisers for successfully conducting the festival all these years. Performing artists from India and abroad could participate in the event, which could be termed national festival because all forms of classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi were performed here.

Dance was a medium of worship offered to Lord Siva who symbolised the five elements. In Chidambaram, He was represented as space; in other words consciousness or truth.

V.P. Dhananjayan, founder of Bharata Kalanjali, said classical dance was an expression of true bhakti. Offering obeisance through dance was equivalent to performing 100 yagnas.

A.K.Natarajn, president of the Natyanjali Trust, attributed the successful conduct of the festival to the cooperation extended by Podhu Deekshithars, artists and people.

A. Sambandan, Trust secretary, said 65 troupes comprising 400 performing artists and 300 accompanying artists were participating in the five-day event.

S. Jayaraman, Chairman of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, assured NLC's support to organisers.