Natyanjali Trust presents
Nartaka festival: Oct 30, Nov 1 & 2, 2014
Natya Utsav: Nov 7 - 9, 2014
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai
September 27, 2014
Natyanjali Trust presents 8TH NARTAKA FESTIVAL. This year, the Nartaka Award will be presented to Guru V.P. Dhananjayan by chief guest Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. The festival is dedicated to Guru Pandanallur C. Subbaraya Pillai, the pillar of the Pandanallur bani, on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary.
- 30th October
5pm to 6pm - Christopher Guruswamy & Hari Krishna
6pm to 7pm - Ajit Bhaskaran Dass & students
7pm to 8pm - Sai Santhosh Radhakrishnan
5pm to 6pm - Praveen Kumar, Bangalore
6pm to 7pm - Justin McCarthy, Delhi
7pm to 8pm - Shankar Kandasamy, Kuala Lumpur
- 2nd November
10.30am: Lec-dem by Shankar Kandasamy
5pm to 6pm - Narthaka Narthanam (Students of Dhananjayan)
6pm to 6.30pm - Award Function
6.45pm to 8.15pm - Prof. C.V. Chandrashekar
At: Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai
Natyanjali Trust presents NATYA UTSAV. The chief guests are Meenakshi Chitharanjan and Nandini Ramani. The festival is dedicated to Guru Pandanallur C. Subbaraya Pillai, the pillar of the Pandanallur bani, on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary.
- Nov 7
5pm to 6pm - Kavya Muralidharan
6pm to 6.40pm - Inaugural function
6.45pm - Vidhya Subramanian
- Nov 8
5pm to 6pm – Sudharma Vaidhyanathan
6pm to 7pm - Navia Natarajan
7pm to 8pm – Jyotsna Jagannathan
- Nov 9
10.30am: Lec-dem by Meenakshi Chitharanjan and students
5pm to 6pm - Nritya Pillai
6pm to 7pm – Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya
7pm to 8pm - Janaki Rangarajan
At: Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai
Pandanallur C. Subbaraya Pillai was one of the last great nattuvanars and a treasure trove of Bharatanatyam knowledge. A brilliant and original artist, he enlivened the classicism of the great Pandanallur style and embodied its aesthetic principles in his teaching. A man of great artistic ability and innate talent, he was picked out by his grandfather Meenakshisundaram Pillai to be groomed by him as a nattuvanar from a very early age. Steeped in the atmosphere of dance teaching from his childhood and having grown up in a dance teaching family where he watched so many of the biggest names in the field being trained by his grandfather and his father, he grew his talents and his abilities to full fruition. He possessed authentic and deep dance knowledge of the best technique, the best pieces of the Bharatanatyam repertoire, and the finest tradition of teaching skills all of which combined to make him an authentic guru in the field, par excellence.
His teaching style was thorough and deep and involved a lengthy period of training. He knew how to mould his students to combine and bring out their individuality and at the same time he knew how to impart the full richness and flavor of the inherited tradition that he gave to them.
As a choreographer, Subbaraya Pillai had very few teachers in the field who were his equal in ability. His choreography was always marked by an innate responsiveness to the lyrical quality of the music to which he was setting adavus. They intersected with the music and were never predictable or rote or repetitive. He managed to make every piece look highly individualistic and combined a sense of harmony and proportion and elegance together with a quickness and an unpredictable mercurial style in his choreography.
The Natyanjali Trust (Chennai) was established in 1980 in Chennai by late Jayalakshmi Sadagopan who provided a platform for young dancers for their artistic development. For the last 34 years Natyanjali Trust has presented many young dancers, many of whom are now established performers and teachers of Bharatanatyam. Prema Satish Reddy continues the work of her mother with the Nartaka Dance Festival as one of the major events that Natyanjali organizes annually. This all-male dance festival was started in 2007 with the mission of bringing to the fore the talents of male dancers. Dancers face many ordeals to get opportunities to perform – more so for male dancers who aspire to perform solo dance recitals. Every year during the Nartaka Dance Festival, Natyanjali Trust confers the Nartaka Award on an eminent male stalwart for his outstanding contribution in the field of Indian classical dance.
Prema Satish Reddy, a senior disciple of the late Pandanallur Subbaraya Pillai, has performed in India and United States. Prema exemplifies the solid grounding in the Pandanallur Bharatanatyam tradition. She has expanded her activities in dance to follow the footsteps of her mother Jayalakshmi Sadagopan. Prema took over the trust on the demise of her mother and continues to organize dance festivals in Chennai. She took the annual Nartaka dance festival into new direction with her keen discernment in dance born of her practical dance training and knowledge. Over the years, Prema Satish Reddy has emerged as a respected organizer and prominent promoter of Indian classical dance within the sabha communities of Chennai.