Memories of Bharata Kalanjali,
Anna & Akka
I started at
Bharatakalanjali in July 1985 just before Akka and Master left for their
multi city US tour. Since then, I have learnt with them for over
of learning at Bharatakalanjali is very special and memorable. You
are not only considered as a student but also a ‘Developing
Artiste’.Imagination and creativity are highly encouraged. You are
to interpret the song on your own, and express your own abhinaya
based on what you feel in your heart and body without deviating from the
traditions. The other important aspect that is instilled in us is that
dance is just not a physical activity of having perfect anga-suddam,
is a basic requirement of dance, but more a spiritual odyssey where you
find the beauty within you.
One of my most
memorable experiences is that during my Arangetram my parents were not
there with me, and it was Master and Akka who were there for me, like my
parents and took care of every thing.
Some of my
most favorite items of Bharatakalanjali are, the bakti enduring ‘Devi
niye thunai’ - a keertanam, the scintillating ‘Adinaye kanna’ - also a keertanam and the famous and grand ‘Ninne nere nambinanura’
– a varnam/nrityopaharam. There are so many other items that are
also my favorites. But the list is too long to mention here.