Saturday, 17 March 2012

Remembering T. Balasaraswati

By BuzyBee

The 28th Annual Remembrance Day of the legendary T. Balasaraswati was celebrated by her disciple Nandini Ramani, under the auspices of Dr. V. Raghavan Center for Performing Arts. The programme was held on 9th February at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Chennai. Shantha Serbjeet Singh, Vice Chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi presided over the function and released a DVD and a book. The first copy of the DVD titled “A Tradition Continues - In the footsteps of T. Balasaraswati & K. Ganesan”, and the book titled "Bharatanatyam" (Tamizh) by Dr. V. Raghavan, were received by S. Janaki, Executive Editor, Sruti magazine, who also spoke about their salient features. The DVD produced by Swathi Soft Solutions is a compilation of excerpts from performances by the seniormost disciples of Balasaraswati -- Priyamvada Sankar and Nandini Ramani, and their disciple Sushama Ranganathan. The book written by Dr. V. Raghavan in Tamil about 50 years ago, has now been published by the Center with assistance from the central Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, President ABHAI, honoured veteran percussionist Kanchipuram G. Ekambaram and offered her felicitations. She recalled her interaction with Balasaraswati and narrated incidents highlighting her helpful nature. This was followed by “Natya Samaradhanam” in which senior Bharatanatyam artistes Priyadarshini Govind, Bragha Bessel, Srekala Bharath, Sailaja, Manjari Rajendra  Kumar and Sushama Ranganathan collaborated to pay their homage through dance. They presented a varnam, some padam-s and a tillana.

For details contact Nandini Ramani, Managing Trustee of Dr. V. Raghavan Center for Performing Arts, Ph: 044 - 24430344 & 98414 30344.

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