Suma Maala 2: A continuing legacy
June 16, 2010
Nritya Madhavi School of Dance in Edison, NJ, celebrated its second annual event Kuchipudi Suma Maala 2, in the North Brunswick High School Auditorium on Sunday, May 9, 2010. The program was organized in 3 distinct parts: the first part comprised individual choreographies of Divya Yeluri, the Founder and Artistic Director of Nritya Madhavi; the second part dealt with aspects of Krishna Tatvam (stories describing the glory and magnificence of Lord Krishna); and the third part unravelled the divine essence of Shiva Tatvam (themes depicting the omniscience and omnipotence of Lord Shiva).
All the 70 students of Nritya Madhavi (ages ranging from 5 - 40) performed with competence and ease. Divya Yeluri's choreography of "Bho Shambho" in Revathi depicting episodes of Gangavataranam, Akshaya Lingam and HalaHala Dharana were well crafted with complex foot work, movements and poses. Similarly, the adaptation in choreography in the numbers "Kulukaga Naduvaro" and "Brindavana Nilaye," the palanquin movements in Kulukaga and the enaction of the scenes of Brindavana were striking.
Prakash Rao was awarded the title of Vayidya Ratna and Dr. Bhavani Prakash
was given the title of Sangeetha Soujanya. They said that it is very important
to instill and uphold the devotion and dedication for Indian classical
arts and our Indian traditional values among parents and children living
in the USA. They commended Nritya Madhavi School of Dance for doing a wonderful
job to uplift cultural spirit and values in a foreign land.
Divya Yeluri attributed the success of her dance school to the blessings of her spiritual Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, her Kuchipudi dance gurus (Dr.Vempati Chinna Satyam and Bala Kondala Rao) and all her well wishers. Trophies/mementos were given to all students and volunteers who helped in the meticulous organization of the event.