Welcome to an evening of exciting dance performance by Nivi Biju.

On behalf of From within Dance Academy and Nivi'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!

Niviis 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.

Andolika Pushpanjali

Raga: Andolika

Tala: Adi

Composer: Neela Ramanuja

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

**We commence this evening's program with an offering of flowers. This is an item where the Bharatanatyam dancer salutes God, guru and the audience. We include a verse in praise of the Lord of Dance, the Deity of Chidambaram temple - Lord Nataraja.**

_Krupa samaudram, sumukham, trinethram,_

_Jadadaharam, Parvathi vama bhagam,_

_Sada shivam, rudramanantha roopam,_

_Chidambaresam hrudhi bhavayami. 1_

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**I meditate on that Lord of Chidambaram,**

**Who is the ocean of mercy,**

**Who has a pleasant mind,**

**Who has three eyes,**

**Who has matted locks,**

**Who shares his body with Parvathy on his left side,**

**Who is ever peaceful,**

**And who is limitless and angry.**

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**_Visweswaram nithyamananthamadhyam,_**

**_Trilochanam chandrakalavathamsam,_**

**_Pathim pasoonam hrudhi sannivishtam,_**

**_Chidambaresam hrudhi bhavayami. 9_**

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**I meditate on that Lord of Chidambaram,**

**Who is the lord of the universe,**

**Who is stable from beginning to end,**

**Who has three eyes,**

**Who wears the crescent of the moon,**

**Who lives in the mind of beings as their lord.**

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**_Kalyana murthim kanakadri chapam,_**

**_Kantha samakrantha nijardha deham,_**

**_Kapardhinam kamaripum purarim,_**

**_Chidambaresam hrudhi bhavayami. 13_**

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**I meditate on that Lord of Chidambaram,**

**Who is the God of good,**

**Who makes the golden mountain as his bow,**

**Who has given and shares his body with his wife,**

**Who is the God with matted locks,**

**Who is the enemy of the lord of love,**

**And who is the destroyer of the cities.**

Sankeernam Allarippu

Raga: null

Tala: Chapu Sankeerna Nadai

Composer: Shri N G Ravi (contemporary)

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

This dance is an invocatory item. Starting with movements of the neck, eyes and shoulders, it gradually includes movements of the whole body. It is meant to represent the blossoming of a flower. This Allarippu is set to a count of 9 beats or Sankeerna Jathi.

Khamas Jathiswaram

Raga: Khamas

Tala: Roopakam

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

"Jathiswaram" is a pure dance presentation, devoid of any abhinaya (emotions). The dance deals with the execution of adavus (basic steps) and mudras (hand gestures), combined in definite groups. Jathis (rhythmic pieces danced to narrated syllables) are executed combining swara passages (musical scores) in a particular raga and tala.

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.

Reetigowla Varnam

Raga: Reetigowalai

Tala: Adi

Composer: Thirumalai Srinivas, Krishnaashtotharam

Choreographer: Smt. M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Varnam is the center piece of an Arangetram, depicting various stories from Srimad Bhagavatam or Shri Krishna’s life. The episodes depcited today are - Krishna's birth – Lord Kamsa, Krishna’s maternal uncle, is dashing to death, each of his sister Devaki's seven children. Vasudeva smuggling the eighth baby out of the prison to Nandagopa's home, crossing over the river Yamuna and exchanging Krishna with Yashoda’s child. Finally YogaMaya predicting Kamsa's doom. Krishna killing Poothana, the demon who comes in the disguise of a beautiful woman and tries to poison Krishna to death only to her own demise. Krishna's Gitopadesham to Prince Arjuna when he gives up his arms refusing to fight against his cousins the Kaurava Princes, on the battle ground of Kurukshetra. Princess Draupadi is humiliated by Dushasana in open court, when he grabs her by her hair and tries to disrobe her and Krishna blesses her with a unending saree and saves her virtue, the play between Krishna, when he hides the
clothes of his Gopis, as they are bathing in the river that he hands back to win their hearts.l and finally, Krishna’s dance on the serpent King Kaliya's head.

Gopalaka Pahimam Padam

Raga: Bhoopalam

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Maharaja Swati Tirunal (1813-1846)

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Oh gOpAlaka ! I submit myself unto thy feet, protect me forever. All sins are emancipated by your lotus feet which are worshipped by Indra and others. Extolled by all as virtuous, you astonished your mother, who was angry that you have eaten mud, by showing her the whole universe, including mountains and oceans, inside of your graceful lotus-like mouth. Oh consort of SrI lakshmi, you removed the pride of brahmA, who is born of lotus: you bestowed your classmate kuCela with boundless wealth and prosperity. You are matchless and have the king-eagle garuDa as your vehicle. Oh lord, your speech is like the nectar of the lotus. sArasanAbha, lord of the world, Ocean of mercy, your excel cupid in beauty. You repose on the serpent-king and destroyed the demon mura. In this composition, we show Lord Krishna as the protector - protector of the cows from the poisonous snake Kaliya, Protector of the Gopis when they prayed for their clothes back after a bath in river Yamuna, protector of Radha
as she pleads to be home before it gets dark.

Vahathi Valaya Sameere - Ashtapadi

Raga: null

Tala: Adi

Composer: Jayadeva

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Jayadeva offered to mankind the immortal Gita Govindam—a SringAra MahAKAvyam—highlighting Premabhakti to the Supreme Lord KrishNA. The Gita Govindam is believed to be a condensation of the Bhagavatam in 24 Ashtapadis (the term“ashtapadi” referring to a prabandham or song with eight stanzas, although itmust be added that some of the songs in this opus have less or more than 8stanzas).

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Sri Krishna tells to the companion of Radha that he would wait in the cottage and asked her to console and bring Radha to the cottage quickly. He is lonely witho out Radha and sends the Sakhi to explain his sorry state. She says -

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Oh my friend Radha, cool southern wind is helping Manmadha, flowers are blooming profusely and beauty of nature is tearing away the hearts of lovers. So Krishna is suffering from separation. Oh Radha, Krishna is pained to see even beautiful moonlight. He is so depressed that he considers death is better than separation from you.

Kuzal Uthi

Raga: Kamboji

Tala: Adi

Composer: Oothukadu Venkatakavi

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

The gopi in Brindavan tells her friends that she feels no sorrow ever. Whenever Krishna plays melodiously on his flute, her heart becomes so close to him that it is no l onger hers. Just like the beautiful peacock dances and the creepers sway in the soft breeze., ehr heart also becomes light and rejoices in Krishna music. Krishna’s beautiful earrings sway and his crown jewels shine in the soft moonlight when he plays on the flute. Hearing the melodious music, the village folk forget their mundane work and rejoice, the grass in the Brindavan forest also start singing, all the gopis run out of their homes and rush to Krishna to be with him and make sure he has a supportive audience, they want to sing and dance with him, the calves and cattle too want to surround him and enjoy the moment in the moonlight. Lord Krishna compassionately plays on to please his audience.

Madhuvanthi Thillana

Raga: Madhuvanthi

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 Bharathanatyam recital. It is in praise of Lord Krishna.
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**It is accompanied by a short verse that says ―I thought of you everyday and yearned for you. My love, you are the one who stole my heart. I will never be apart from you again.‖ **

Radha and Krishna Folk Dance

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Adi

Composer: Shaktidhar

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

**This is envisioned to be a dance of Radha and Krishna playing the game of hide and seek leading to color spraying or Holi, singing songs of love and culminating in the dance of Raas.**

Guruvayoor Appa Mangalam

Raga: null

Tala: null

Composer: null

Choreographer: null

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