The Spanda Dance Company presents
Spanda 20 Seminar ‘The Varnam’ 
Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, 6pm
August 24 & 25, 2015 Chennai

July 20, 2015

The Spanda Dance Company is celebrating 20 years since its inception in 1995. As part of this celebration, it holds a ‘Spanda 20 Seminar’

Dates: 24th and 25th of August
Venue: Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Alwarpet
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
All are welcome

Spanda has always believed in the power and integrity of the maargam, at the heart of which lies the varnam. The varnams of the Tanjore Quartet, which were so visible and performed with such beauty by dancers of so many banis from the 1960s to the 1980s, are now sadly compromised. The vision and depth of the interpretation of these compositions are a thing of the past, while the tirmanams that were then abstract punctuations have now become the mainstay of the piece, along with the swarams.

These varnams will be presented with great finesse and understanding by four of our most eminent and admired senior dancers. Dancers and viewers of today please bear witness to what was handed over so carefully to them, by the great masters.

The seminar will include discussions by experts from the field of music, sahitya and temple ritual on the musical worth, sahithya, choreography, sancharis and the tirmanams of their chosen varnam.

24th August
Session 1: Guru C.V. Chandrasekhar presents ‘Sarojakshiro’ swarajathi in Yadukulakambodi / rupaka talam – Tanjai Naalvar.

Session 2: Nandini Ramani presents ‘Ma mohalahiri’ svarajathi in Kamas / rupaka talam tuned by Subbarama Dikshitar and composed by Kadigai Namasivaya Pulavar and ‘Sarasijaakshudu’ in Kalyani / rupaka talam.

25th August
Session 3: Sudharani Raghupathy presents ‘Sami ninne kori’ in Ragamaalika / rupaka talam and ‘Emandayanara’ swarajathi in Huseni / rupaka talam – Tanjai Naalvar tradition.

Session 4: Lakshmi Viswanathan presents ‘Daanike’ in Todi /adi talam by Tanjai Naalvar tradition and ‘Viriboni’ in Bhairavi / ata talam.

R. Vedavalli – Musical inputs
Dr. R. Nagaswamy – Temple rituals and context
Dr. Chitra Madhavan – Temple rituals and context