Bharatha Natyalaya presents
Narada Gana Sabha, 6pm
July 6 & 7, 2017 Chennai

June 28, 2017

Guru Adyar K Lakshman
NRITHYOPACARAM - conceived and presented by Roja Kannan's Bharatha Natyalaya, Academy of Dance & Music, Chennai, will be presented to mark the 30th anniversary celebrations of her Institution on 6th & 7th July at Sathguru Gnanananda Auditorium, Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.

"Nrithyopacaram" will feature Roja Kannan and her disciples presenting chosen rare, unique and original choreographies of her renowned Guru Adyar K. Lakshman. The event will have a two day celebration, one focussing on the legacy of Guru Adyar K. Lakshman stressing the concept of Guru-Shishya Parampara, an integral feature in the learning process of oral traditions.

Adyar K. Lakshman, one of the foremost disciples of Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra, was nurtured and trained by the greatest of the traditional masters of Bharatanatyam, thereby holding a direct golden link to the art from its renaissance period. He was fortunate to learn under the direct tutelage of illustrious gurus like Pandanallur Meenakshisundaram Pillai, Chokkalingam Pillai among others. Lakshman was well trained in several aspects of training required to become a "complete artist" in the field of Bharatanatyam. At Kalakshetra, he trained in Bharatanatyam (performing skills), nattuvangam (conducting), Kathakali (a theatrical dance tradition of Kerala), Carnatic vocal music, mridangam (percussion), and aspects of theatre and choreography. Thus Lakshman established himself as a rare and unique teacher with multi faceted skills in the field of performing arts. He was a true torch bearer and a genuine composer of the classical traditions of Bharatanatyam and Carnatic vocal music. In fact he was one of the very few performing artists in vocal Carnatic music who was a graded artist of AIR. Bharatha Choodamani founded by Adyar K. Lakshman was one of the renowned institutions that reigned supreme for over 45 years in Chennai.

Roja Kannan, a prime disciple of Adyar K. Lakshman, has been a pillar of support for nearly two decades in conducting and assisting her Guru Adyar K. Lakshman through which the activities of the centre were well propagated, and later as a prime performer in all the major festivals and for all the major cultural organisations. It is most appropriate that Roja Kannan and her disciples dedicate the 30th Anniversary Celebrations of her Bharatanatyam Academy to celebrate the original choreographies of her Guru, which by now have received global acclaim over the decades.

Roja Kannan

Roja and students

The first day of the two day festival will bring alive the gems of the repertoire created and curated by Adyar K. Lakshman which will be presented by Roja Kannan and her disciples. On this special occasion leading accompanists of the orchestra, some of whom who have been trained and nurtured by Adyar K. Lakshman himself and who have been an integral part of his orchestra will participate.

The second day of the festival will showcase choreographies of Roja Kannan as an offering. This will be presented by her prime disciples from India and abroad. Over the decades it is noteworthy that Roja Kannan has preserved the choreographies of her teacher and has transferred the same in order to preserve it for posterity. While doing so, these items of the repertoire have been suitably sculpted by Roja Kannan maintaining the core values of a traditional format of Bharatanatyam as handed down to her by her Guru. The highlight of the presentation will be showcasing the positive nuances of the technique adopted and adapted for the ongoing successful performance repertoire.

Dates: July 6 & 7, 2017
Venue: Narada Gana Sabha
Time: 6pm

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