Welcome to an evening of exciting dance performance by Maansi Bhargava.

On behalf of From within Dance Academy and Maansi'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!

Maansiis 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.

Gayiye Ganapati Gajvadan Pushpanjali

Raga: Hamsadhwani

Tala: Adi

Composer: Tulsi Das (1532–1623)

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

This offering of flowers to God is to invoke blessings of Lord Ganesha for a successful performance. I sing the praise of Ganesh, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Ganesh, who is accomplished, generous and omnipotent. He enjoys sweet modaks ( a sweet), and gives wisdom and intelligence. The composer Tulsidas, with palms together in prayer begs the divine power in Ganesh for the blessing that Sri Sita-Ram may always be present in his heart and mind.

Chaturashram Alarippu

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Chaturashra Ekam

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: Guru Kittappa Pillai

This next item, Alarippu, is a traditional warm up piece in which the dancer does simple pure dance movements - proceeding from the eyes, neck, shoulders, arms and head to the entire body. The word “Alar” means “to bloom” and the movements in this piece represent a bud blossoming into a flower. Today’s Alaarippu will be performed to a count of 4 beats

Krishna and Friends Shabdam

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Neela Ramanuja and M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

In this item the dancer depicts how Krishna spent most of his childhood seemingly disappointing and troubling his friends. He would steal butter and pass the blame to others, laze around the meadows and gets his friends to graze his cows, make his girl friends feel jealous by going out with many of them at the same time. But he is also the greatest of friends to Kuchela, Draupathi, & Arjuna, when they need him the most.

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Ramayana Varnam

Raga: Desh

Tala: Adi

Composer: Dwarki Mami, Bangalore

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

The Varnam is the central and most elaborate item presented in any Bharatanatyam repertoire. It includes complex rhythymic passages along with interpretive dance and stories supporting the main idea of the lyrics

This Varnam is steeped in devotion and Bhakthi is primary Rasa in the lyrics. The devotees start out by stating that whenever Ram Katha is recited there is beauty and ecstasy.

The first son of King Dasharatha, Ram was the favorite prince of the citizens of Ayodhya. His holy name was equivalent of visiting several places of worship.

The sancharis take the viewers through the Balakandam where Sage Vishwamitra takes Rama and his brother Lakshmana to the forest to kill demon Tataki. Rama also gives salvation to Ahalya and participates in the Sita Swamvara and wins her hand in marriage by lifting Shiva's mighty now quite easily.

In the Ayodhya Kandam, queen Kakeyi's ears are poisoned by her hand maid Manthara because her son PRince Bharatha is not going to be crowned king but instead her step son Prince Rama was to be coronated.

Jealous, queen Kaikeyi removes her jewels, throws a fit and invokes the two boons that Her husband King Dasharatha had bestowed upon her. She successfully asks Rama to leave the kingdom of Ayodhya and live in the forest for 14 years and makes plans for Bharatha to rule

Rama leaves seeking his parents blessings. Lakshmana and Seeta accompany him.

In Aranya Kandam, Seeta spots a beautiful deer but alas it is demon Mareecha in disguise. She sends Rama after him. But worries for his safety when the trickster Mareecha calls out to her when he dies struck by Rama's arrow. She hears the cries and thinks Rama is in trouble and sends Lakshmana after him. Lakshmana draws a protective line and requests her not to cross it.

Demon king Ravana arrives in the garb of an old man. Seeta immediately pays her respects to him and gives him alms. Ravana tactfully makes Seeta cross over the protective line drawn by Lakshmana and abducts her to Lanka

In the Kishkinda kanda, Rama searches in vain for Seeta and befriends Hanuman in Sundara Kandam. Hanuman takes Rama's ring and delivers it as a sign when he spots Seeta in the Ashoka forest in Lanka. He takes her hair ornament back to Rama and tells him her where abouts

In the Yuddha Kandam, Sugreeva, hanuman and the monkey army build a bridge to Lanka. Rama and Lakshmana kill Ravana and free Seeta. Ravana's younger brother Vibheeshana is appointed as King of Lanka.

Seeta and Rama are re-United.

All glories be to Rama and Govinda the incarnations of the Supreme!! Do sing with us one and all !!

Praying to Rama does not require any expensive articles of worship. You don't need elaborate preparations or austerities. Mere chanting will do.

In our everyday activities, Rama graces us with such pleasure. Everything become enjoyable like flowers.

The famous Muslim poet Kabir says that the mouth that does not chant the name of Rama would be filled with dust.

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All glories to Rama and Seeta !!**

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Thumak Chalathu

Raga: Dwijavanti

Tala: Adi Tala in Tisra Gati

Composer: Tulsidas

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Mother Kaushalya puts Baby Ram to rest but he wakes up crying. As she wonders how to pacify him, he rolls over and takes his first unsteady steps. His anklets ring in tune with his steps. Laughing joyously he stumbles around on the ground
He is fondly picked into the laps of King Dasharath’s queens. They cover him with saris, dusting the dirt off and caressing his bruises
They offer loving and reassuring words of devotion to make him feel better. Poet Tulsidas is thrilled at the face of Ram, which has the glory of the sun.

Desh Thillana

Raga: Desh

Tala: Adi

Composer: Sri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman 1930-2013

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

This is a fast and lively dance, which traditionally concludes a Bharatanatyam recital. This one is in praise of Lord Muruga.

Oh Lord who wields a spear, the protector of the gods, one who has a red rooster on his flag, the husband of the loving Valli and Devasena, please bless me with the assurance that henceforth I will have no need to experience fear after having sought refuge at your feet.

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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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