It takes a certain evolution to realize that with great talent comes the great responsibility to pass it on. Meenakshi does not perform much these days - she only teaches. Here, then, is a rare opportunity.
The South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) is organising its monthly program of Carnatic classical music at Ravindra Bharathi, on 2nd July. Tonite, Meenakshi Chittaranjan, along with her troup of disciples will be perform a Bharatanatyam.
Meenakshi Chittaranjan, an exponent of the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam, will perform. Meenakshi trained under Chokalingam Pillai and Subbaraya Pillai. She is one of the most sought-after dancers of Bharatanatyam for her portrayal of the versatile abhinayas, and is a trendsetter for many young dancers, motivating them to take up this art form seriously.
She has performed at various dance festivals under the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi at various parts of the country, like the Konark Festival (Orissa), the Mahabalipuram Festival (Chennai), the New Choreographic Festival of Impresario India (Delhi), the Doverlane Festival of Music & Dance (Kolkata), the Soorya Festival and the Nishagandhi Festival. She has also conducted various dance workshops around the globe.
She has received numerous awards, Nritya Choodamani and Kalaimamani being the most prominent of them. Limiting her stage performances, she is at present devoted to teaching her style of Bharatanatyam at her institute Kala Diksha, where many students from the country and also overseas learn the dance. One of her Hungarian disciples, Ildyko Gulyas, is already creating waves with her performances.
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 the Govt. Of AP, is the present President of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
The entry to the concert is by invitations for members - the general public need to buy donor passes of Rs. 25 and Rs. 50 per head. Please contact V Ramachandran at 92461-61420 for further details.