Memories of Bharata Kalanjali,
Anna & Akka
by my parents, I entered the portals of Bharata Kalanjali at Adayar for
the first time more than one and a half decades ago.
years have faded away, memories of the time I spent there still remain
My sole commitment
then was to obtain advanced training in Bharatanatyam under the world renowned
exponents, the Dhananjayans. I spent the whole day, from early in the morning
till late in the evening, undergoing very intensive and rigorous training
in both dance and music.
at Bharata Kalanjali was divine and serene. My gurus, Dhananjayan master
and Shanta akka, exuded immense devotion to the art, and showered abundant
love and concern on the disciples. I was placed directly under two senior
members of the staff, a highly trained and exacting teacher, Mr Moorthy,
and a much renowned lovable dancer, Shrimathy Radhika Surjit who has blazed
her excellence on many a stage the world over with the Dhananjayans, while
master and akka undertook my coaching personally from time to time as they
often had to visit other countries for programmes.
It was indeed
a divine experience to dance in a palm tatched, cadjan roofed, mud walled
hut in the manner of the damsels of yore who underwent training in such
places filled with mysticism.
items I learnt at Bharatakalanjali which were all edifying and enriching
was the dance of "Aandaal" especially composed for me.
It was memorable
that my final stage presentation on completion of the course was done on
the 20th Wedding Anniversary of my dear gurus at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Chennai, presented jointly by Bharata Kalanjali and Sankarabharanam. Dhananjayan
master and Shanta Akka did the Nattuvangam. It was equally memorable
that none other than the famous philosopher and producer of monumental
classical movies, Shri G.V Iyar surprisingly graced the occasion with his
presence, from whose hands I received the certificate.
am happy and proud to be a disciple of the Dhananjayans and an alumnus
of Bharata Kalanjali. Now, though a mother of three children, yet I am
determined to emulate my gurus and continue performing as well as
contributing towards the growth of Bharatanatyam and the glory of Bharata