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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

M. G. Chakrapani’s great granddaughter : Kaavya excels in her Arangetram

From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
Chennai, 16 March (

From the close family of the former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran, a young dancing artiste made her bharathanatyam debut in Chennai last month. It was a great treat to the packed audience at the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan auditorium to watch the ten-year old Kum. K. Kaavya at her Arangetram. Kaavya in Sanskrit and Tamil means ‘poetry in motion’; she did express it, danced her way into everybody’s heart.

Kaavya is the great granddaughter of M G Chakrapani, elder brother of MGR, who was also a veteran actor in his times. Captivating abhinaya, scintillating footwork, endless energy marked Kaavya’s arangetram. She has a charming presence. Her bright, smiling face, expressive eyes help Kaavya to express all aspects of abhinaya fluently.

Kaavya's performance on the day was highly commendable for a child of her age. The program began with a Nachiyar Kouthuvam, a popular piece on Andal who dedicated her life to Lord Vishnu, followed by a Chatusram Alarippu and a Jatiswaram in the Tanjore Quartet. The central item of the day the Varnam was in praise of the all-powerful and supreme goddess -- the Devi and brought forth the Navarasas beautifully choreographed by the Guru with finesse and subtlety and well executed by Kaavya. This was followed by Kaavya dancing to Govardhana Giri in praise of the ever loving Lord Krishna and his daring feats. The Tillana was a composition by Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar set to Adi talam. The follow up by the evergreen Harivarsanam of Lord Ayyappa was a neat finish to a well-received and well deserved arangetram.

Her Guru Smt. Sreedevi Priya Sriram (founder of Sri Lasya Priya School of Bharatanatyam, Alwarpet, Chennai) has been instrumental in moulding this young 10-year-old Kaavya into a fine dancer. It was surprising to learn she is passing out her formal training in Bharatanatyam at Sri Lasya Priya in just 4 years. And she is perfect all departments of dancing!

Kaavya is studying in the 6th grade at the Good Shepherd Matriculation Higher Secondary School. Academically a topper, she has varied interests like dancing, oratory, writing and singing. She has bagged many awards to her credit in her school.

The musical accompaniment for the event is as follows: Nattuvangam & Choreography: Sreedevi Priya Sriram, Vocal: Chitrambari Krishna Kumar, Mrudangam: Nagarajan, Violin: Kalaiarasan, Flute: Sruthi Sagar,.The make-up was by K. Sethumadhavan.

The evening was presided by Acharya Ratnakara Smt. Bragha Bessell, Bharatanatyam and Abinaya Exponent and by K.N. Ramaswami, Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore. Both spoke highly of the Guru and the disciple, lauding them for the devotion and dedication to the art. They were commended for portraying the essence of the dance with subtlety and precision true to the tradition of the veterans Guru Kalaimamani Smt. Indira Rajan and Padma Bhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, who were the Gurus of Smt. Sreedevi Priya Sriram.

As part of the tradition of the school, a social cause is identified and a contribution is made towards it, after the Arangetram, to inculcate social responsibility and values. In this event 2 children were adopted and contribution was made towards their entire school education by Kaavya's parents.

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M. G. Chakrapani’s great granddaughter : Kaavya excels in her Arangetram
M. G. Chakrapani’s great granddaughter : Kaavya excels in her Arangetram
M. G. Chakrapani’s great granddaughter : Kaavya excels in her Arangetram
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