South Indian Cultural Association (SICA) is organising the annual dance festival Nrityotsav 2010
, from 7th to 9th July, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium.
As part of the festival, 12 disciples of Hemamalini Arni will present Remembering Meera, a Bharatanatyam dance ballet with Hindustani music, on the first day of the festival.
Hemamalini Arni needs no introduction. Born in 1934, she learnt Bharatanatyam from gurus Kanappa Pillai, Vazhavoor Ramaiah Pillai, Mylapore Gowriamma and Padma Vibhushan T Balasaraswathi. She is also skilled in Carnatic vocals.
She has performed in the presence of renowned dignataries like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, C R Rajagopachariar and Countess Lady Mountbatten. She has taught her art to over 300 students, has been instrumental in the arangetrams of 25 students during 20 years, and has choreographed various dance ballets.
SICA was founded in 1959 by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, the Finance Minister of Hyderabad's Nizam and 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.
SICA 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 current President of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
Entry to the concert is by invitations, for members. The rest need to buy donor passes of Rs. 25 or Rs. 50 per head.
Please contact R Chakrapani, Secretary of South Indian Cultural Association, at 98491-24675 for further details.