The Lord's song make Ananda Shankar's ballet look good, and Ananda Shankar's ballet makes the Lord's song look good. It's a mutual admiration society here.
The South India Cultural Association (SICA), one of the oldest cultural associations of the twin cities, is organising its 47th Annual Festival of Music and Dance from 17th to 24th February, at Ravindra Bharathi. The week-long festival will witness some of the best Carnatic musicians and classical dancers of the country, like Sanjay Subrahmanyam, U P Raju and Nagamani, Sudha Ragunathan, T V Sankaranarayanan, P Unnikrishnan, Dr Ananda Shankat Jayant, Gopika Varma, Revathi Ramachandran and Deepika Reddy, sharing the stage. Today, the fifth day, Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, along with her disciples, will present a Bharatanatyam ballet, Srirama Namam Enta Ruchi Ra.
Trained by brilliant gurus in the true guru-sishya parampara at Kalakshetra, Dr Ananda Shankar learnt Bharatanatyam under the illustrious Rukmini Devi Arundale. She learnt Kuchipudi under Pasumarti Ramalinga Sastry. She is also good in Carnatic music, veena, choreography and nattuvangam.
Having performed all over the country and the world, she has received innumerable awards and titles such as the prestigious Nritya Choodamani from the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, in 2006; Natya Illavarasi from the Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeet Sabha, New Delhi, in 2004; Kalaimamani, the highest Tamil Nadu state Government award, for the year 2002, Aadar Kalai Selvam from the Pollachi Tamil Isai Sangam in 2001, and others such as Woman Of The Year award in 2000 from the American Biographical Institute, Nadanamamani, Abhinaya Bharati, Natya Mayuri and Natya Gandharvini.
Known the world over for her excellent choreography, Ananda has Sri Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, Buddham Saranam Gachchami, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, What About Me?, Expressions Of Truth On The Ideals Of The Mahatma, Darshanam – An Ode to the Eye, and Dancing Tales... Panchatantra to her credit.
Currently the Director of Shankarananda Kalakshetra, a premier institution for music and dance in the twin cities established in 1979 by G S Shankar, she trains students in dance theory, music, yoga, Kalari, nattuvangam, costume, stage, sound and light techniques.
SICA was founded in 1959 by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, the Finance Minister of Hyderabad's Nizam and a great patron of Carnatic music. The association has since organised more than 1,000 concerts. It has provided a basic platform for upcoming artistes like U P Raju and Nagamani, Mandolin Srinivas and the Malladi Brothers. It conducts workshops, felicitates artistes, and provides both moral and financial support to upcoming artistes. Dr S Chakravarthy, IAS, former Chief Secretary to Govt. of AP, is the present president of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
The entry is by season passes for members, and daily tickets of Rs. 100 & Rs. 50 per head per day are available at the venue. For further details, please contact R Chakrapani at 2742-5374, 2383-5222, 2351-6399 or 98491-24675.