Welcome to an evening of exciting dance performance by Vaishnavi 2022.

On behalf of From within Dance Academy and Vaishnavi'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!

Vaishnaviis 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.

Pushpanjali & Viruttam on Goddess Saraswati - NEW

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Khandam Alarippu

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Tala: Khandachapu

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

This dance is typically an opening number. 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. Today’s allarippu is performed to a count of five beats.

Ragamalika Jathiswaram Keeravani

Raga: Keeravani Ragamalika

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vjiay Santhanam

**A "Jathiswaram" is a pure dance presentation, devoid of any abhinaya (emotions), in which, intricate sequences are fused with repetitive musical notes. 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.**

Tandai Muzhanga Shabdam

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Gurus Dhananjayan - contemporary

Choreographer: Gurus Dhananjayan

The shabdam has both nritta (abstract pure dance) and abinaya (expression and emotion) components. In tonight’s performance, the shabdam is in praise of Lord Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva and Parvathi. The story, from his birth to his blossoming as a young man who woos and marries Valli is depicted.

It starts by describing the Lord as a young baby, who is crawling on his hands and knees, making his ankle bells tinkle and chime.

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His mother, Parvathy, sings him a loving lullaby.

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Next, he is described as a toddler, who is taking his first steps holding onto his mother’s hands.

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She is filled with delight as he says his first words that are as sweet as honey to her ears, and smiles and laughs at her with all his charm.



As he grows up, he is described as the one with a beautiful body, with the light brown hue of the tender mango leaves.

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He has jet black eyebrows, wears a vermillion mark on his forehead, and emanates the fragrance of sandalwood.

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“The son of Shiva, please come to me.”



“The one who rides on a blue peacock holding a spear in his hand – when can I get a glimpse of you?

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When will you come and bless me with your love and fill my heart with bliss?”

Lord Muruga decides to woo Valli, a tribal girl living in the forest.

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He comes to her in the garb of an old man who after having had a meal, wants to quench his thirst.

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He requests her for water.

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As she is pouring the water, he grabs her hand and proposes to her.

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She flatly refuses his advances and tells him to leave her alone.

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Then Muruga asks his brother Ganesha to come in the form of an elephant.

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Valli is very afraid of the elephant and runs and hides behind the old man.

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Muruga reveals himself and marries Valli.

In the concluding verse, the smile of the Lord is compared to priceless gems and pearls.

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The poet concludes with a reference to Thiruchendoor Muruga who lives in a temple near the seashore and beseeches him to come and bless him.

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Shabdham in ragamalika, and misra chapu thalam - composed and choreographed by the dhananjayans.

Ganesha Varnam - 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.

Maadu Meikkum Kavadi Chindu

Raga: Kavadi Chinduu

Tala: Adi

Composer: Oothukadu Venkatakavi (c. 1700-1765)

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

This padam is a conversation between Mother Yashodha and her little cowherd son Krishna. Krishna wants to go out and play in the hot sun under the pretext of grazing the cows. Yashodha tries to keep him home by offering him milk and butter and by warning him that thieves would attack him on the banks of river Yamuna. She warns him of the wild animals on the Govardhana hill and of his father scolding her if she let him out. But the child is adamant and comes back with clever answers (don't want the milk, he would beat up the thieves, he would win over the animals and that she should tell his dad that he is on the next street playing ball with his friends) and wins her over. She finally packs him his lunch and he is on his way

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Desh Thillana

Raga: Desh

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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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Pavamana Mangalam

Raga: Saurashtram

Tala: Adi

Composer: Saint Thyagaraja (1767-1847)

Choreographer: Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale (1904-1986)

The dancer will now conclude her recital with a Mangalam saluting God, Guru and the audience for making her performance a success.

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