Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Homage to T. Balasaraswati

By S. Janaki

Dr. V. Raghavan Centre for Performing Arts, paid tribute to the Bharatanatyam legend T. Balasaraswati on 9th February at the German Hall in Chennai. It was Bala’s 29th remembrance day.

S.S. Jawahar, Principal Secretary to the Govt. of Tamil Nadu, and Commissioner, Museum & Art & Culture, presided over the function and released the DVD titled “In the Footsteps of Bala” containing a solo performance by Bala’s disciple Nandini Ramani. The first copies were received by Bharatanatyam exponents and teachers Jayanti Subramaniam & Parvati Ravi Ghantasala. Renowned Bharatanatyam gurus Shanta and V.P. Dhananjayan were the chief guests; V. Sethuram, president of the Indian Fine Arts Society, Chennai, was the guest of honour. Veteran associates of the Raghavan Centre — vidwan B. Krishnamurti, vidushi R. Vedavalli, and natyacharya K. Ramiah participated in the event.

In the homage to Bala, senior dancers Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, Sreelatha Vinod, and Dr. Lakshmi Ramaswamy presented items which they had specially learnt for the occasion from Nandini Ramani. Sushama Ranganathan (daughter and disciple of Nandini) also presented compositions from Bala’s repertoire.

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