Elegance in entertainment  
- Viju Kale, London  

September 12, 2006 

Keeping its 74 year old illustrious history and tradition of organising programs every year on music, drama and Deepavali dinners that strongly reflect the tradition and culture, Maharashtra Mandal London celebrated Ganeshotsav that concluded with Visarjan on 6th September. As a part of the 10 day Ganesh Chaturthi festival which totally drew close to 2000 people, INDRADHANUSHYA, an evening of dance and music was conducted on 2nd September 2006 at Maharashtra Bhavan during which Ragasudha Vinjamuri presented Bharatanatyam. 

The program included compositions on Ganesha, Shiva and Parvati. 

In reverence to Lord Ganesha, Sudha presented Maha Ganesha Pancharatna Stotra by Adi Shankaracharya. As resplendent as the rising sun, Ganesha is described as the God of education, prudence and success, eternal and kind, worshipped by both demons and gods. Invoked at the start of anything auspicious, he removes evils and obstacles, and bestows us with health, happiness, long life and progeny. One of Sudha’s lovely postures in this composition was Ganesha inscribing the Mahabharatha with his broken tusk used as a pen. 

The Lingashtakam that Sudha presented in tasteful style was quite uplifting. Every interlude "Tat pranamaami Sadaasiva Lingam" had a splendid pose of Lord Shiva. The viewers joyfully watched her apt expressions. 

Shiva with swirling locks of hair dances with the drum and fire in his hands to signify creation and destruction respectively. His dreadlocks are decked with crescent moon and are interspersed with the sacred river Ganges. All these attributes of the Lord were gracefully offered in her dance Om Shambho. 

Ragasudha's presentation stood out as a brilliant regalement among all the programs of the evening. A memento was presented to her. 

Viju Kale is the president of Maharashtra Mandal, London.