A month of celebrations
March 5, 2012
Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation presented an exclusive cultural program ‘Dakshina Kala Sangamam’ (A cultural confluence of South Indian music and dance, conceptualized, directed and organized by The Mylapore Trio - S Amarnath, S Surendranath, S Aparna) on the occasion of the inauguration of the XXXII Annual Session of the South Indian History Congress. The event was held on February 3, 2012 at the historic Centenary Auditorium in the University of Madras, Chennai.
About 30 participants of different age groups presented a colourful extravaganza reflecting Dravidian culture. Music and dance numbers in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam were performed. Dances included Kolattam, Kaikottikkali, Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi, Aadal Kaaniro, Kannum Kannum etc. Soul stirring music performances of Bharathiyar’s song, Bhojanam seyya, Shankarabaranam, Prabhadhangal, Brahmam okate, Gandhi Mahan, Kuravanji, Miley sur mera tumhara etc. were rendered delightfully. Bharatanatyam dancer Gayatri Balagurunathan anchored the show in a lively manner and also performed extempore for “Krishna nee begane bhaaro.”
The majestic auditorium was filled with a galaxy of former Vice-Chancellors, historians, intellectuals, scholars, professors, researchers, students and delegates from various parts of South India. All the participants were given certificates, which bore the insignia of the University of Madras and that of the South Indian History Congress.
The Foundation celebrated tenth year ‘Margazhi Bala Utsavam,’ an exclusive festival for children in which more than 700 participants took part in various competitions. The valedictory function was held on February 5, 2012 at Vinobha Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidhyalaya, Chennai. The chief guest Radhika Shurajit conferred the title ‘Natya Bala Brahmam’ on A Aishwarya for her excellent bhaavam and graceful movements in Bharatanatyam. She also distributed prizes and medals to nearly 200 children, between 2 to 20 years of age, who participated in 16 different competitions.
The Foundation celebrated the ninth anniversary and the commemoration of the sixth year ‘Kala Poshakam’ monthly concerts on February 26, 2012, at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai. On this occasion, the Mylapore Trio bestowed recognition on eminent Bharatanatyam artistes.
Media visualizer, television director, dancer and teacher Radhika Shurajit was conferred the title ‘Nrithya Saraswathy’ and she offered it as a salutation to her gurus, the Dhananjayans. She is a pioneer in bringing Bharatham to the common man through her popular show ‘Thaka Dhimi Tha’ aired on Jaya TV. The program has provided a platform for nearly 4000 dancers and has completed 400 episodes. Performer / teacher Narthaki Nataraj was conferred the title ‘Nrithya Maadhavi’ and she dedicated it to her guru, late KP Kittappa Pillai. She is known for preserving and presenting the exclusive Thanjavur nayaki bhava style of natyam, which she has imbibed from her guru. The distinguished artists were given special trophies, which were gold finish crowns conceptualized and designed by the Mylapore Trio.
The program started with rendering of the Pancharatna krithis of Thygaraja by students of SRDF Vivekanandha Vidhyalaya, followed by a Bharatanatyam performance by Krithika Shurajit. Narthaki Nataraj performed for Avvaiyaar’s “Vinayakar Agaval” rendered by late musical legend MS Subbalakshmi. Her graceful movements, bakthi and dedication captivated the audience.