- A dance prodigy
June 7, 2006
The venue was the new sparkling Wellington School Auditorium in Dubai. In the midst of all the euphoria about the construction of largest shopping malls and tallest buildings in the world, the 500 plus audience who assembled on 26th evening of May, were privileged to be part of a master piece of another kind. Indhu Pathmanathan, a talented budding youngster from the UAE, presented a brilliant Bharatanatyam Arangetram performance to an appreciative audience.
her dance journey at the tender age of 5 when she was spotted by Lakshmi
Venkatesh, a well known Bharatanatyam artiste and teacher from Dubai. For
the last 6 years she has been meticulously practicing this divine art with
able guidance and support from her parents and guru. On the chosen day
of her Arangetram, she ably demonstrated her abundant talent in great measure,
bringing out the finer nuances of synergy of bhava, raga, thala and natyam
in a 150 minute effort.
Throughout the performance, she maintained a pleasant posture with excellent hand, eye and feet coordination which would have done a veteran proud. The choice of excellent numbers demonstrated her prowess in various disciplines of this popular dance form. Indhu seems to have a bright future ahead if she is groomed further with the same determination. What was really admirable was the fact that in spite of being away from the Bharatanatyam home in the cultural capital of India, Chennai, she still managed to catch up with peers of her age. I am sure that she would go a long way in inspiring children of similar age group to take up such arts and disciplines rather than wasting their precious time in typical Gulf activities like internet, movies, mobile phones and so on.
on vocal, mridangam, violin and veena were also eminent local artistes
who rose to the occasion. Indhu was felicitated by Mr. Asokhan of the Indian
Consul General office in Dubai, Mr. Madvarao, Principal, Our Own High School
as well as the Executive Principal of Wellington School. At the end of
the day, the happiest person of course other than her parents must have
been her guru Lakshmi Venkatesh who had put heart and soul into preparations
for this Arangetram. What better joy for a teacher than to find her pupil
performing to such high standards in trying to emulate the guru herself.