Chennai-based dance academy, The Kalasamarpana Foundation, the institution of the well-known dancers and gurus, the Narasimhacharis is celebrating 50 years of its creative journey.
On Sunday, August 4, starting 5pm at Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet the jubilee celebration event will unfold. Guests will be invited to a walk-through gallery showcasing rare photographs of the Narasimhacharis.
Inside the auditorium, from 6 pm, a collage of Natyam dedicated to late guru Narasimhachari featuring over 100 artistes will unfold on stage - excerpts from the hugely acknowledged productions the past years of this institution and its gurus.
In 1969, the Narasimhacharis started the Kalasamarpana Foundation, an academy for the promotion of the fine arts.
The late Narasimhachari and his wife, Vasanthalakshmi are well-known and highly respected performers, teachers and choreographers of the Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi styles of Indian classical dance.
Together, the duo established the Kalasamarpana Foundation. They have produced over thirty-two dance dramas and thematic presentations and their signature of inimitable artistic creations is now known.
While Narasimhachari trained in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra, Vasanthalakshmi had her initial training from Bhoopal, Adyar K. Lakshman and finally from Narasimhachari himself.
The duo trained in Kuchipudi from the legendary PVGK Sharma, Mahankali Satyanarayana and C. R. Acharyulu. The Narasimhacharis then learnt some rudiments of Odissi from Ramani Ranjan Jena, Kathak from Vishnu Vaichalkar, Mohiniattam from Vasantha Aravind and Kathakali from Prof. Janardhanan.
The Charis have travelled extensively both in India and abroad.
The duo has received many awards.
Daughters Lavanya and Lasya Mavillapalli established Rasoham (www.rasoham.in) in 2007, the focus being on the performing arts of India. The institution is based in Alwarpet, Chennai.
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