AABHA -The Avant-Gardes of Atlanta
artists of Atlanta joined together to form AABHA, Atlanta Association for
Bharatanatyam. AABHA, initialized and conceptualized by Savitha Vishwanathan,
a young graduate of Kalakshetra has 9 core members – Anupa Thakurta, Bhavini
Subramani, Chandrika Chandran, Padmaja Kelam, Preetha Sayeekrishna, Preeti
Shah, Srividya Raman, Savitha Vishwanathan and Uma Pulendran. AABHA
has brought a breath of fresh air to the Bharatanatyam lovers of Atlanta.
Though most of these members have diversified and adopted different career
paths, they share the quest for artistic excellence. In the Indian
American society where the artists and the art teachers compete for clientele
and fight a pitched battle, AABHA transformed itself into an avant-garde
organization. I was surprised to see the refreshing handshake between
the Vazhuvoor, Pandanallur, and Tanjore styles and the harmonious relationship
between the artists.
I want to express
my gratitude, and congratulations to this young team for taking upon themselves
this Herculean task of promoting Bharatanatyam, a unique cultural Indian
heritage in Atlanta.
Through out the series, they explained that despite the complexity of the gesture language of Bharatanatyam, the content could still be enjoyed with a strong sense of context and comprehended by any audience. Yes, there were moments when they skimmed and skipped around a bit, but then again they were dealing with hundreds of years of history in an 8-hour frame.
The conception of AABHA is a bold step, contrary to the traditional perspective but keep the perspective clear and vibrant and future generations of Indian Atlantan community will consider Bharatanatyam a serious dance form and not just a means of ethnic display. If you have to realign the universe (in this case Atlanta) for your cause, so be it.
AABHA can be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org