Indian classical dance is performed in different styles. Its theory can be traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni, a sage from Tamil Nadu (400 BC). The Natya Shastra remains to be the most important ancient treatise on classical Indian dance. Natya Shastra is also called the fifth Veda in reference to the foundation of Hindu religion and philosophy, from which sprang the related South Indian musical tradition of Carnatic music. Its various current forms include Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Mohiniaattam, Kathak and Sattriya.
Since its inception, ‘Sanskriti – Academy of Fine Arts’ located at the Lok puram housing complex, Thane West, (Contact Cell No. 9322896135 / 9323039639) has fulfilled its vision many-a-times, having successfully completed ‘Arangetrams’ of several ‘aspiring’ young teenaged girls and boys living in and around Thane. All these efforts have fructified to be ‘critically acclaimed live performances’, dance tours and self-indulgent travels to discover the Indian cultural flora or sphere. But, the Year 2013 is a little extra special; it is the year of many landmarks for the ‘Sanskriti – Academy of Fine Arts’. Firstly, it marks the completion of 15 years of its relentless efforts to encourage and promote Indian classical dance ; it is also the year when the Academy has conducted the 25th Arangetram on a public platform, thereby acknowledging the 50th student from its large pool of accomplished and well-trained artistes.
SANNIMITTAM The programme being conducted at the Gadkari Hall, near Talao Pali, Thane West on Saturday, 07th December, 2013 is conceived and developed to celebrate the achievements of the academy, and will comprise of three parts –
1. SHABALYA – A medley of dance efforts from the Bharata Natyam repertoire, the highlight of this section being the ‘Thillana’ which is a combination of different thillanas depicted in Mohanakalyani, Brindavanai, Bhoopalam, Dhanashree and Kadanakutuhalam.
2. SWARARNAVA – A presentation of an unique Pallavi composed by ‘Vaggeyakara’ Sri P. S. Krishnamoorthy, who will be accompanied by Sri Satish Krishnamoorthy on the Mridangam, Sri S. R. Balasubramanian on the Violin, Sri Atul Sharma on the Flute and Sri Sakthydharan on the Ghatam
3. UJJIVANAM – A thematic presentation depicting the need of a ‘Resurgence of the inherent power of women’.
Concept, Script and Choreography of SANNIMITTAM done by – BharatNatyam exponent, Smt Asha Sunilkumar,
Music composed by – Sri P.S.Krishnamooorthy
Artistes taking part in the performance – Anandita Ashok Kumar, Kanthi Srinivasan, Uthara Padmanabhan, Aparna Sundaresan, Neeti Menon, Shruti Parpattedar, Savithri Vishnu, Kruthika Raveendran, Saraswati Nair, Vidhi Kotian, Amrutha Mahesh, Ramya Mandyam, Gayatri jawali, Shruthi Pillai, Shruthi Kunisetty, Archita Anish.
BharatNatyam exponent and the co-founder of Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts, Asha Sunilkumar feels, ‘Woman of Today, has begun to unchain herself, in order to stake her rightful claim in the society as a result of her inherent power. She has realized the importance of trusting as well as honoring – her own individual thoughts, decisions and rare insights ; her physical body and her gender-specific power of intuition. Finally, she has placed herself rightly on the path of self progress, re-iterating her inner voice to be heard in a male dominated world.’
In addition, Asha Sunilkumar, enthusiastically and happily declares while conversing with me, that all the ticket sales’ proceeds from SANNIMITTAM programme shall be donated to a ‘Not-for-profit charity in Navi Mumbai’ that works relentlessly to give a Home to the Homeless, Health-care (free of cost) to the Needy and Love to the unloved Old aged in our society.