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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Expressions, footwork hallmark of Sindhu’s dance debut

By Prakash M Swamy in Chennai

Sindhu, student of Bharatanatyam guru Jayanthi Srivatsan, gave her arangetram or debut performance in the City recently.

She commenced her performance by seeking the blessings of Lord Ganesha through the Gajananam slokha set in Gambhira Nattai followed by Tisra Alaripu. Sindhu performed the Jathiswaram - an interesting combination of jatis performed to swaras – was in the Ragam Kalyani set to Rupaka thalam a choreography of Guru Adyar. K. Lakshman.

She excelled in Kouthuvam. The Kouthuvams were once performed by temple dancers as rituals and the one chosen was in the praise of Lord Subramanya set in Ragam Shanmugha Priya and Adhi Thalam choreographed by Guru Smt. Roja Kannan.

Sindhu performed a varnam in the praise of Lord Raja Gopalaswamy of Mannargudi set in ragam Ananda Bairavi and adhi thalam. The penultimate piece was Padam in the Ragam Begada set to Misra Chapu composed by Subbarama Iyer. The Padam chosen for this evening is Yarukagilum Bhayama choreographed by Guru Bragha Bessell. She also did a Keerthanam “Natanam Adinar” in the ragam Vasantha set to Atta Thalam.

Sindhu was initiated into the art by her mother Radha Ramakrishnan herself a Bharathanatyam artist. She has assisted her mother in many of her choreographies. After her graduation Sindhu took to the corporate world but that didn’t stop her from pursuing the art form. Post her marriage she moved to Chennai and started her tutelage with Jayanthi Srivatsan. Sindhu has completed her certification in Zumba and is a trained instructor. Sindhu is equally passionate about sports and was a National level throw ball player. She is a mother of a 6 year old.

Jayanthi Srivatsan is a senior disciple of Guru Roja Kannan. She has over two plus decades as a performing artist both in India and abroad. Jayanthi was adjudged the best abhinaya artist by Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan during the Natyarangam abhinaya competition. Jayanthi has performed at all the major Sabhas and Cultural organisations in the State and has also toured Malaysia and Singapore for performances and workshops.

She was awarded the Best Performer twice for the senior category by Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha during its dance festival. Jayanthi is a recipient of the title Naatya Tharagai and honoured by the America Tamil Sangam. The Rotary Club of Madras Central honored her with the Vocation Excellence Award as recognition for her achievements and excellence in the art form.

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Guru Jayanthi Srivatsan with Sindhu
diconary view
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