Memories of Bharata Kalanjali,
Anna & Akka
I dont know
where to begin about my experiences in Bharathakalanjali with master and
akka but I am going try and write it as precisely as I can.
I have been
learning from Master and akka for the past 15 years and have had many memorable
days at Bharatakalanjali.It was(is) my second home.I learnt a lot from
Master and akka who have been like parents to me.They are gurus in the
"true" sense of the word. Not only have they taught me (and many
of my classmates) how to dance well but have helped us become better human
beings.We know a lot about our culture,values and traditions thanks to
them. I remember how much I learnt on the dance tours by just being
with them. I learnt how to deal with various people from all over
the world,how to talk in front of an audience, how to behave,everything.
Now if I am
confident and able to present myself well in another country without being
I know that they are one of the main reasons for it. Master and Akka
have composed a few items which they thought would suit me. One of
my favourites is a Thillana which is a composition of Sri Lalgudi
Jayaraman in Brindavani Raagam.This was composed for my arangetram and
is according to me one of their best Thillana compositions. Another favourite
is a Javali in kalyani Raagam "Yenthati Kulukke" which I thoroughly enjoy
performing. A padam in kedaragowla raagam, "ariya paruvam"
and an ashtapadi "thava virahe" is another favourite of mine
which was also composed for me many years ago.
There are so
many more compositions that were not composed on me but I think are fantastic
and great to perform. I am specially fond of "sakhiye varnam"
in anandabhairavi raagam since it was the first varnam which was taught
to me for my arangetram. I also like are Raama varnam in ragam karaharapriya,
Ninne varnam in atana raagam. Maata Paraashakti in ragamalika with
brilliant jatis and a
favourite is the nrittaswaravali, a jatiswaram in ragamalika and taalamalika.
these,there are some compostitions that I would love to see master and
akka perform time and again. I can see master perform "yenna thavam",
"vazhi maraikirude" and "bhaja mana
a million times and would want to see it another trillion times!!!
Akka is so phenomenal when she performs the ashtapadi "saa virahe"
and "kuyile". Akka's adavus till now are the best I have ever
seen. Her aramandi, "kai shuddham" is fantastic, I wish I could do
it as well as her. I can probably go on and on but I think I will