During these unprecedented times, I found myself learning more than ever before. This pandemic has made me realize my immense privilege, so I felt the need to give back to others.
Therefore, I have compiled some short videos of my Bharatanatyam pieces with the help of my Guru, Smt. Jayshree Bala Rajamani for this fundraiser. This fundraiser, "Dance For Life", is dedicated to children under humanitarian crises, who are now facing the additional impact of Covid-19 during this pandemic.
"Save the Children" is a global non profit organization that champion the rights of children. The organization has been working around the clock to help kids that live in the hardest to reach places where it is toughest to be a child to ensure their health and well-being is protected. I hope you are able to donate to this charity and help me reach my goal of $2000/-.
Please click the "Dance Videos" button under the Donate button to see the videos.
You can also find it on My Fine Arts website by clicking the "Fine Arts Website" button
The pieces go in order to resemble a short performace similar to the structure of an Arangetram. Because of the pandemic, my July 2020 Arangetram performance was postponed a year later. Despite the fact that I couldn't perform in front of live audience, I felt the need to dance virtually for this great charitable cause.
The order of the performances:
1. Namaskaram - Salutations
2. Ganesha Kautvam - Ragam: Nattai /Talam: Adhi /Composer: Tanjore Quartet /Language: Tamil. A Kautvam is an invocation poem.
This particular one salutes Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed, remover of obstacles.
3. Alarippu - Talam: Tishram (Three Beat Cycle)This is a pure dance piece, and the meaning of the word Allaripu is Blossoming Flower. Much as a flower blossoms petal by petal, the dancer too warms up the body step by step.
4. Namo Anjanee - Ragam: Abheri/Talam: Khandam (5 Beat Cycle) /Composers: Gundecha Brothers/Language: Hindi
Lord Hanuman, the monkey faced son of Anjanee and Vayu, The wind God, is the devoted servant to Lord Rama. His valour, wit, bravery are all celebrated in this very beautiful piece.
5. Shri Varalakshmi - Ragam: Shri/Talam: Roopakam (6 Beat Cycle)/Composer: Muthuswamy Dikshithar/Language: Sanskrit
A devotional piece dedicated to Goddess Shri Vara Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth in the form of Fulfiller of boons! The poet salutes this most beautiful and giving Goddess, the wife of Lord Vishnu, who removes the pain and distress of her devotees, by showering them in a river of gold!
6. Murali Shyam - Ragam: Bilahari /Talam: Adhi (8 Beat Cycle)/Composer: Guru Jamuna Krishnan/Poet: Surdas/Language: Hindi
In this light hearted piece, the Nayika (heroine) sees the beloved flute, Murali, of Lord Krishna as the other woman. In a jealous state she says Krishna has become a puppet, dancing to the tunes of that flute. He just cannot separate that wretched flute from His lips!!!!!
7. Mangalam - Traditional Offering of Thanks to the Divine, the Guru and the Audience.