Memories of Bharata Kalanjali,
Anna & Akka
our Guiding light
I am Gayatri
Krishnamurthy one of the “Trio sisters,” now settled in Sydney(Australia).
I am happy to be called one of the senior students of the Dhananjayan and
excited to hear that Barathakalanjali is launching its website.
As a librarian, working in the information field, I am constantly using
the web to seek information. I am thrilled to hear that in the future
I will be able to login to the Barathakalanjali’s webpage and feel the
happiness and belonging I felt in my younger days when I was a part of
this great institution. I hope, I will be able to capture
all those joyous moments we shared with our teachers.
My memory is
as fresh and green with every thing my teachers thought me and all
the life’s greatest lessons we learnt by just observing their life.
They were our living examples, all our hopes and motivation in life and
every moment we aspired to be like them and tried to emulate their ways.
Not that their geniuses (genii) could have been copied, but certainly their
simple ways of life and their strong faith that hard work will eventually
be rewarded, even when returns are not so easily forthcoming was a lesson
indeed to be learnt.
the Dhananjayans for nearly three decades and it is nothing but admiration
that we have for our Gurus. Now recollecting the past, I cannot tell
you how many times I’ve been simply amazed at their style of teaching values
to their students. I must confess that it is the training that we
acquired at Bharatakalanjali that has taught us several disciplines in
life. I owe it all to my gurus.
Living so far
away from my sisters and the rest of my family, I always think of the most
pleasant moments of my childhood. And here I should confess that
most of them in some way were linked to my Gurus. Be it the small
story telling sessions in the make up room, or travelling on the train
with them for dance performances or simply time spent talking with my Master
when he had some time to spare in his office. Not to forget those
happy moments spent with Akka trying to pack costume boxes or painting
the pots and the sticks used in folk dances or ironing/ mending clothes.
It is just by doing things with them I’ve learnt several values, which
come in handy now when I am on my own trying to cope up with my work and
running my family. I don’t know what gurukulam system is, but only
know the Dhananjayan’s homely atmosphere given to us.
sent us to the Dhananjayans who lived close to where we lived. We
were three sisters all one year apart, should say more than a handful for
my mother to handle. That is how our great association with dancing
began. Eventually it became a passion and a driving force for both
my sisters. Though I secretly hoped that the “Trio sisters” would
suddenly become a big hit on the stage. That dream stayed a drem,
but yet I am happy those memories of the dream are still alive in me.
We were from a very middle class family and did not have any aspirations
to make it big in dance any way. But of course any young mind has
its own dreams and hopes, and at some point I did want to make it big in
dance. At one point, I even neglected my studies and contemplated
on taking dancing my profession and so started teaching at Barathakalanjali.
But eventually, I took up librarian ship as my profession and went far
away from dance.
Though my dreams
of becoming a great dancer never became a reality, the pleasure of learning
the great art from the great gurus is indeed a valuable treasure and the
most precious thing that I’ve earned in my life.
My guru is
my guiding light and I am a great admirer of his ways. Even as a
young child I tried to copy him - both in dancing and in life. Now,
I still think of him fondly, when ever I hear Indian music or practise
my items. Should I be asked what I like to achieve in life.
The answer would be - “I want to be like my Guru”. I know that’s
not an easy task, but I will try my best to emulate his ways.
Into the future
there is still that sliver lining in my cloud and I hope to teach dance
and be associated with the most precious gift that my gurus have given