to legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale
May 6, 2010
Delhi based organization Abhinaya Aradhana paid a befitting artistic tribute to the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale in a 2-day music and dance festival at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi. Rukmini Devi Arundale (1904-1986), founder of Kalakshetra, a centre or fine arts, in Chennai, had devoted her entire life to the revival of Bharatanatyam and re-establishment of many of the arts and crafts of India. Bharatanatyam exponent Jayalakshmi Eshwar, founder of Abhinaya Aradhana says, "I am what I am today, owing to my studies at the Kalakshetra. I was fortunate to have received meticulous and in-depth training under Guru Rukmini Devi Arundale."
named Rukmini Devi Arundale Music and Dance Festival, began with the Bharatanatyam
recital by Anjana Rajan. A product of Kalakshetra, Anjana's delineations
were intense and graceful. She rendered beautifully the excerpts from Nachiar
Tirumozhi, verses from medieval Tamil literature, in which the saint poet
describes her longing for Lord Narayana.
The 2nd day
began with the temple tradition music Tevaram by S Shankar and Divyaprabandham
temple music tradition by SV Vasanthi. The rendition was filled with artistic
richness and depth. It was followed by a beautifully choreographed Bharatanatyam
recital by Swapna Seshadri, HB Sahana and Oxana Chegueva, disciples of
Saroja Vaidyanathan. The festival ended with the Odissi recital by the
students of Late Guru Surendra Nath Jena. Their recital, based on temple
sculptures, was conducted by Pratibha Jena. The festival was well attended
and appreciated by the audiences. It was a very satisfying experience to
witness some very competent young dancers in the festival.
Madhumita Raut is the inheritor and proponent of her illustrious father Guru Mayadhar Raut's dance legacy. She lives in Delhi where she manages and teaches at the Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance.