Welcome to an evening of exciting dance performance by Keya Gupta.

On behalf of From within Dance Academy and Keya's family, we cordially welcome all of you to an evening of dance. I'm , a post-Arangetram student at From Within Academy, and I will be your MC for this evening.

Before we get started, I’d like to remind everyone of some house rules.

 

- No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium

- If you must leave the auditorium during the performance; please do so in-between items

- If you have young children, please sit towards the aisle. Kindly leave the auditorium if they get restless and start crying so that it is not disturbing to the rest of the audience members. Kindly do not let the children roam around the theater unattended.

- Kindly maintain silence and talk softly when the show is in progress. If you talk loudly, it distrubs the artistes on stage.

 

We ask our audience to turn off their phones so they can stay present with their experience of the art that will be shared. It is touching that some may feel inspired to take their own photos and videos to share on social media. Instead, we invite you to write and speak about your experience after the performance. You are also encouraged to share official photos and videos from our social media accounts.

 

In our digital world, it is truly special that you took the time out of your life to appreciate live art. Please prepare to immerse yourself in this experience by turning your phones off now. Please do not take any photos or videos from this point forward. Thank you for your kind understanding!

Keyais a disciple of Guru Smt. Subhashini Vijay Santhanam of the From Within Dance Academy a global dance organization with centers in the US and India. This evening of dance signifies both a beginning and a culmination of sorts for the dancer which include the endless hours of rigorous practice, varied emotions and complete immersion. All of which was done in the pursuit of excellence for this moment when she finally gets on stage – “Arangetram”. In Tamil (one of the south Indian languages) Aranga means a raised stage and “etram” means “to ascend”.
 
All items unless otherwise mentioned have been choreographed by our beloved Guru Subhashini.
 
For all the items we present today, as long as we are able identify clearly, we will mention the time period of the composition or composer life period so that we get an idea into the history and context of when the poem was written and music set. It is hoped that this will give the audience a deeper insight into the relevance of the oral tradition being passed on thru generations and the relevance of the composition in current times. While several old pieces have deep, timeless, philosophical and spiritual significance and several new pieces share values of a new social context with a unique appealing freshness.
 
We hope that the erudite and sensitive audience present today is able to appreciate it all thru our presentation today.

Keya Gupta 2020 Mallari - NEW

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Ganaraj Rangi

Raga: Natta, Darbari Kannada, Bahar

Tala: Adi

Composer: Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar & Shanta Shelke (contemporary) 1937 to present

Choreographer: Smt. M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

We begin the recital with the Pushpanjali an offering of flowers in salutation to God, Guru and Audience.

**The Pushpanjali is composed by Shri NG Ravi and Smt Neela Ramanuja. It includes solfa syllables along with the names of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom, literature and worldly success. He is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (Uma). Due to some tragic circumstances, he has the head of an elephant over the body of a child. Lord Shiva blessed the child, Ganesha that he will be the lord of beginning and people will worship him first, before any other God.**

**In this song, the Dancing Ganesha is praised. His bells are jingling as he dances and the sound of it is reaching the heavens. He wears yellow silk robes around his waist and is ever agile to perform brisk dance movements and shines bright in his attractive, bedecked form. Sage Narada is the Singer and Goddess Saraswathi is accompanying on the Veena, Lord Bhrama is wielding the cymbals and Lord Vishnu plays on the drums to which the youthful Lord Ganesha performs. All the Devas are assembled to watch the dance performance. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi are also seated and watch their son - Lord Ganesha - dance with great pride!**

Keya Gupta 2020 Allaripu - NEW

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New Jathiswaram with a twist - NEW

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Lion and Mouse

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Misra Chapu

Composer: Tamil text provided by Kiruba Geetha Pallav, set by Smt Neela Ramanuja in 2008

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

The story is of the Lion and Mouse. In the forest, there was a lion who was very tired and lay down

under a tree to rest for the evening. A mouse comes by and unwittingly steps on the Lion without seeing it. Disturbed the Lion wakes up and is very angry at the mouse. The mouse begs the Lion’s forgiveness and the Lion is amused and says – ok since you are such a small creature, I will not harm you and lets the mouse escape into its hole. The mouse is very happy and says that I will never forget your kindness and be of help to you some day…

The Lion does not really think he would need the mouse’s help and dismisses him with a wave of his paw..

A hunter comes by and wants to capture the Lion. He wonders how to set up a trap. He finds a wild goat and ties the goat to a tree and attaches a snare. The Lion gets hungry and spots the goat, he makes a move to attack it and finds himself trapped in the net. He gets very dejected when he cannot set himself free.

The mouse chances upon the net and gnaws at it to set the Lion free.

Even small things can have great value!

Dashavataram

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Adi

Composer: Jayadeva (1170-1245)

Choreographer: M. Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

The Ashtapadi is a set of 8 verses composed by the legendary devotee poet - Jayadeva. The verses chosen for presentation this evening describe the beautiful avatara forns of Lord Krishna.

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1. The Lord dons the form of the giant fish to save the vedas.
2. When the Mountain Mandara that is churned by the devals and asuras falls into the ocean, he takes on the form of a tortoise and lifts up the mountain on his back
3. When the primal man and woman created by Lord Bhrama have no place to live, he takes on the form of a boar and digs up the earth from the bottom of the ocean
4. When his devotee Prahalada is abused by his father Hiranyakashipu, he emerges from the pillar in half man half lion form and kills him as Narasimha
5. He takes on the form of a dwarf and takes a vow from Maharaja Bali that he would give him three footsteps of land. He then grows into the TriVikrama form and covers the heavens and earth with 2 steps and finally steps on Bali’s head for the third step
6. He takes on the form of Lord Parashurama to protect Bhramanas against the atrocities of the Kshatriyas or the warrior clan
7. He takes on the form of Rama to kill Ravana who wrongfully takes Sita away
8. He takes on the form of Balarama and the River Yamuna is scared because he diverts the river using his plough to water parched lands
9. He takes on the form of Buddha when all rituals become meaningless without true devotion and guides people on to the path of enlightenment
10. He takes on the form of Kalki in Kali yuga and it is signified by the coming of the comet (ill omen). He destroys the world so that new order can form.

The poet Jayadeva invokes the Lord Krishna to bless him and the people who listen to and recite this poem.

Pancha Shapita Roopini - New Kali/Devi Item - NEW

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Shivastakam

Raga: Yamunakalyani

Tala: Adi Khanda nadai

Composer: Adi Shankaracharyar, early 8th Century

Choreographer: Avijit Das

The Shivastakam is a set of eight verses praising the Lord of Dance, Lord Nataraja.

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I pray to You, Shiva, Shankara, Shambhu, Who is the Lord, always dwelling in happiness, Who imparts light to everything, Who is the Lord of living beings, Who is the Lord of ghosts, and Who is the Lord of everyone.

The one who wears garland of skulls around the neck, who wears snakes all around His body, the destroyer of the Lord of Death himself, Kala, the lord of Ganesa, Whose matted-hair is spread-out by the presence of the waves of Ganga falling on His head, and Who is the Lord of everyone.

The one who brings happiness, adorning the universe by his immense powerful presence, wearing ashes, the one who is without a beginning, one who is without a measure, the one who removes the greatest of attachments, and Who is the Lord of everyone.

The one who resides below a Vata or Banyan tree, who possesses the heartiest of laughter, the one who destroys the greatest sins, is always resplendent, the Lord of Himalaya, various Gana and the demi-gods

The one who shares half of His body with the daughter of Himalaya or Parvathi, who lives on mount Kailash, who helps the depressed, the one who is the Atman, who is revered by Lord Brahma and others

You are the one who holds a skull and a trident in his hands, who fulfills the desires of devoted to His lotus-feet, the one who rides the bull Nandi, the supreme one

With a face like the Winter-moon, the subject of happiness of Ganas,with three eyes, the one who is pure, the friend of Lord Kubera who is the controller of wealth, the consort of Aparna (Parvati), the one who has eternal characteristics

I pray to You, Shiva, Shankara, Shambhu, Hara, who has a garland of snakes, who roams around in the cremation grounds, who is the universe, the essence of the Vedas, who is always dispassionate, who lives in the cremation grounds, who burns the desires born in the mind, and who is the Lord of everyone.

In the final verse, it is said that those who chant, sing or hear or watch these verses in dance with devotion for Lord Shiva, live a fulfilling life on earth and attain all material and spiritual benefits. May Lord Shiva bless us all.

Meera Bhajan - Jo Tum Todo Piya

Raga: Sindubhairavi

Tala: Eka

Composer: Meerabhai 1498 to 1546

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Jo Tum Todo Piya is a beautiful bhajan or devotional song sung by Meerabhai in praise of Lord Krishna.

Meera says – My beloved, even if you let me go, I will not let you go. .

If I am separated from you, who would I be with?

If you are a tree, I would be your leaf.

If you are a lake, I would be a fish in it.

If you are a hill, I would be the cow that grazes on it.

If you are the moon, I would be the Chakora bird who stares at the full moon without any distraction.

If you are a bead, I would be the thread that strings you, and if you are gold, I would be your luster .

You are my Lord who lives in Vrajabhumi and I am your servant.

Garudadhwani Thillana

Raga: Garudadhwani

Tala: Adi

Composer: Vid Balamurali Krishna (1930-2016)

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

This is a fast and lively dance, which traditionally concludes a Bharatanatyam recital. The song is in praise of a Lord Shiva the Lord of Dance, The Damaru or his small drum moves as he dances and makes the sounds from which the syllables of our languages have been formed. Lord Krishna watches with joy also plays melodious music on his flute to accompany the drum and dance. The devotee poet worships the lord and praises him as Swayambho or one who is not born but ever present.

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Bhoomi Mangalam

Raga: Revathi

Tala: Adi

Composer: Vedas - Shri Ravi Shankar album "Chants of India"

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Bhoomi mangalam Udaka mangalam
Agni mangalam Vayu mangalam
Gagana mangalam Surya mangalam
Chandra mangalam Jagat Mangalam
Jeeva mangalam Deha mangalam
Mano mangalam Aatma mangalam
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu

May there be tranquillity on earth, on water,
in fire, in the wind,
in the sky, in the sun,
on the moon, on our planet,
in all living beings, in the body,
in the mind and in the spirit.
May that tranquillity be everywhere, and in everyone.

This is a Mantra of Universal Goodwill.. It signifies that may all elements in the Universe be in harmony, goodness, peace and love.

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