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Arangetram of three budding talented students at Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha!

(Riya Kadam, Sanica Dhamnaskar, and Sreevidya Iyer performed their Arangetram on Sunday 16th March 2014 at Dr.Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha.)

Aranga means ‘raised stage’ and Etram means ‘climbing’ in Tamil, one of the south Indian languages.

Ideally this should be the first public appearance of the Bharatnatyam artist. This is the occasion for the guru to present his or her disciple to the public. This is the testing time for both the guru and the shishya(disciple) as the guru’s knowledge and the disciple’s talent both are judged by the public. Hence, the guru will decide when the disciple is ready for public graduation. Usually, adequate training is necessary before a Bharatnatyam dancer is ready for Arangetram.


In the first half of the Bharatnatyam Arangetram, student-artists generally perform

1. Pushpanjali or Alaripu
2. Jatiswara
3. Shabda
4. Varna

And, In the second half:

1. Padam
2. Ashtapadi or Devaranama
3. Tillana
4. Mangala


I derived great pleasure by spending the last Sunday morning (16th March 2014) to witness the extra-ordinary performances rendered by these young teenaged(12-14 years old) student-artists at the Dr Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane West.

Through this blog post, I wish to congratulate Ms Asha Sunilkumar, a qualified Mentor-Teacher and her dedicated team (of her dancing school ‘Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts’, Thane West) for the continued efforts made by them to preserve as well as promote the Indian dance in its most promising spirit.


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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