Coimbatore Kendra
Dance Festival
Students of Bhavan's Faculty of Fine Arts
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Coimbatore Kendra conducted its 18th dance festival on 20th, 21st and 22nd October 2017, at Bhavan's auditorium. On the inaugural day, Kendra's Chairman Shri B K Krishnaraj Vanavarayar bestowed this year's 'Nritya Ratna' title upon Shri Kiran Subramanyam and Smt Sandhya Kiran of Bengaluru, for their significant contribution to Bharatanatyam. Following the Awards function, students of Rasika Academy of Performing Arts (run by the Kirans) gave a vibrant performance on 'Muruga Kshetrams', giving life to the aesthetic choreography of their gurus. They presented songs on the famous shrines of Muruga such as Pazhani, Thiruchendur, Swamimalai, Vallimalai and Kukke Subrahmanaya.
Earlier, Sherin George, the Bharatanatyam faculty at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Faculty of Fine Arts, presented 'Sura Vandita', as a tribute to the Devis along with her students.
On the second day, Sasirekha Rammohan's Kanagasabai School of Bharatanatyam presented 'Thennaadudaiya Sivane Potri', based on the eight important temples of Lord Shiva, known as 'Ashta Veeratta Sthalangal'. Roshini Ganesh, donned the role of the Sutradari and introduced each episode in a lively manner. Well-supported by scholars, musicians and committed dancers, Sasirekha's team depicted interesting anecdotes associated with these temples.
Meenakshi Sagar's 'Aradhana School of Dance' from Coimbatore impressively introduced some rare 'Vinayagar Kshetrams' in and outside Tamil nadu through appropriate songs.
On the concluding day, Uma Gopalakrishnan's Sri Shankara Naatyalaya, Coimbatore showcased the famous rituals and festivals such as 'Araiyar Saevai', Saerthi Saevai' and 'Oyyaari Saevai' through their dance drama 'Srirangam'. Their programme was pleasing to the eyes and filled with devotion.
Jaladeepa Sasikumar's 'Giriyanjali Nattiyapalli' from Coimbatore brought to life certain famous episodes relating to Amritha Gateswarar, Markhandeyar, Abhirami Bhattar and Kungaliyakkalaya Nayanar.
All these programmes bore evidence to the involvement, perseverance and commitment of the teachers and students. The troupes were supported by skillful orchestra that comprised talented vocalists, nattuvangam artistes, mridangists, violinists and flautists.
The three-day dance festival gave wholesome entertainment to the rasikas of Coimbatore.

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