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Padma Subrahmanyam's dance school celebrates 75 years

Nrithyodaya-75years-1Nrithyodaya, the performing arts academy based in Chennai which is managed by the well-known Bharatanatyam guru and dancer, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam is celebrating yet another milestone is its colorful journey 75 years.

This institution was founded by film director K. Subrahmanyam in 1942 in Madras.

Nrithyodaya-75years-2The cultural celebrations will be on from July 26 to 30 at Sadguru Gnanananda Hall (Narada Gana Sabha), Chennai. They are open to all.

The inauguration is by senior vocalist Aruna Sairam (Vice-Chairperson, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi).
The Nrithyodaya Platinum Jubilee Awards will be given to Dr. R. NAGASWAMY (wellknown archaeologist and scholar, Chennai) and to Dr. R. GANESH (multi-lingual, multi-faceted scholar, Bengaluru) at this opening event.

Here are excerpts from the schedule of the festival -

July 26, 2017

Nrithyodaya-75years-36.15 pm onwards : Screening of "Nrithyodaya 75", a Documentary Film by Sri. S.B. Khanthan
Presentation of Platinum Jubilee Awards to R. Nagaswamy and Satavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh
Bharatanritya Margam by 14 principal artistes of Nrithyodaya

July 27, 2017

Performances by FRIENDS OF NRITHYODAYA

6.30 pm : "Bharatham-Bhaarathi-Bhaaratham" by 'PARASHAHA' group's Roja Kannan and Priya Murle
6.55 pm : Mohiniattam by Nanditha Prabhu
Nrithyodaya-75years-47.15 pm : "Excerpts From The Attic" by Swarnamalya Ganesh
7.40 pm : "Vimaanayaana" - Kalidasa's Raghuvamsa in Kathak style by Nirupama Rajendra and Rajendra (Bengaluru)

July 28, 2017

Performances:

6.30 pm : "Bhakta Sakha Vitthala" by Jayashree Rajagopalan & artistes of Nrithyodaya, Mumbai
Nrithyodaya-75years-56.55 pm : "Gnanapaana" and "Kalinga Nartanam" by Vineeth
7.15 pm : "Nritya Kadambam", a multilingual solo performance of rare numbers by Padma Subrahmanyam -
" Sri Ramasya Katha" (Nava Vidha Bhakti)  "Kocchu Sita" of Poet Vallathol (premiering in Chennai)  "Siraiyaru Madakkiliye" (Sambandar Thevaram)  "Baro Krishnayya" (Kanakadasar Padam)

July 29, 2017 (Morning)

Performances by Nrithyodaya alumnae from India and abroad

Nrithyodaya-75years-610.00 am : Dvijavanthi Bharath, Vinosree Shangkar (Malaysia), Narayanee Ananth (USA) & Francoise Carret (France)
10.10 am : Sangeetha Ravikumar & Parvatha Chidambaram (USA)
10.20 am : Priyadarshini Rajkumar
10.30 am : Disciples of M.S. Sarala (HOD, Dance Department, Alagappa University, Karaikkudi)
10.50 am : Disciples of Sujatha Mohan
11.10 am : Students of Natya Department, Dr. MGR-Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women
11.20 am : Parvatha Chidambaram (USA)
Nrithyodaya-75years-711.30 am : Harini Vivek (USA) and disciples of Sundari Santhanam (Bengaluru)

6.30 pm onwards: Swati Tirunal Varnam by actor-dancer Shobana - specially choreographed for the occasion
Two dance-dramas, penned by Meenakshi Subrahmanyam (in the late 1950s) and music composed by S. V. Ramanan:
 "Krishna Tulabharam", revival of an old dance-drama of Nrithyodaya presented by Padma Subrahmanyam, Saraswathi Krishnakumar, Gayatri Kannan, and Mahati Kannan
Nrithyodaya-75years-87.55 pm : Honouring the pioneers of Nrithyodaya: S. V. Ramanan, Kausalya, Jaya Chandrasekhar (Canada), Barna Ramanan, Devi, Uma Sriram, T. S. Babu, C. P. Venkatesan, and Vijaya K. Ayyer
8.15 pm : "Gangaiyin Kathai", a dance-drama with Gayatri Kannan and 20 artistes of Nrithyodaya

July 30, 2017

VIDYA TRAYEE - Three Aspects  of Bharatanatyam
A presentation by 50 alumni and present students of the BFA and MFA Bharatanatyam courses (Distance Education Mode) conducted by Nrithyodaya for SASTRA University

Nrithyodaya-75years-910.00 am : Short paper presentations
10.30 am : Nattuva Tala Tarangam
10.40 am : Margam performance by SASTRA students

NRITHYODAYA 75 - Festival Finale presented by Padma Subrahmanyam & 60 Artistes
6.30 pm : "Nagarukku Appaal" based on Shyamala Balakrishnan's research on the folk music of Tamilnadu
7.15 pm : “Ras Leela", an excerpt from 'Haridasa Geeta Nrityam' by the children of Nrithyodaya
7.30 pm : "Vande Mataram", a compilation of Subrahmanya Bharathi poems