For those who don't know, Arangetram is the first public performance of a
dancer, after she's completed a good chunk of her learning. And if you've trained
under a pretty renowned guru, your arangetram is going to be well noticed. This
is a case in point.
Sharmila Nair, an 8th class student of Bhavan's Sri Ramakrishna Vidyaniketan,
Sainikpuri, has learnt under Guru Hemamalini Arni, an exponent of Kuchipudi
dance. A bit about the Guru for the uninitiated - Arni is the disciple of a
great danseuse of the past, Balasaraswathi, and of Guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai.
She has given performances before the people of the stature of Pandit Jawaharlal
Sharmila has undergone rigorous training for 4½ years under Arni, and her first
public performance will be for 2 hours. Sharmila will start with Vatapi Ganapathim
(seeking the blessings of the Lord Ganesh), and will follow with Varnam, choreographed
by her guru in praise of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. This will be continued
by Ananda Natta Maaduar (a description of the Lord Shiva) and Radha Sameetha
(an item about Lord Krishna and Radha, and the features of the gopikas).
Shailaja Nair, the managing director of a company and a danseuse herself, will
be the chief guest.
Please contact Colonel S D Nair at 711-0662 for further details.