Welcome to an evening of exciting dance performance by Vidhya Subramanian.

On behalf of From within Dance Academy and Vidhya'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!

Vidhyais 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 and Gambeera Gana Nayakam

Raga: Gambheera Nattai

Tala: Adi Shloka

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Pushpanjali is a traditional invocatory dance in which the dancers offer flowers to God and seek His blessings for a successful dance performance. The dancers also seek the blessings of their Guru, the orchestra, and the audience. The pushpanjali is followed by a Shloka that describes beautiful majestic form of Lord Ganesha. Shloka translates as “You who are the giver of the boons, we bow at your feet”

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.

Hemavathi Jathiswaram

Raga: Hemavathi

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Late Adyar K Lakshman Sir 1933-2014

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

**A Jathiswaram is a song that consists of only swaras (notes) and jathis (complex beats) in a specific raga and tala. The dancers focus on the execution of basic steps (“adavus”) and hand gestures (“mudras’) in complex rhythmic patterns, devoid of any abhinaya, or expressive and story telling elements.**

Uppili Appan Shabdam

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Neela Ramanuja and M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Shabdham is primarily an expressive dance.

This shabdham is on Uppiliappan, or Lord Vishnu.

Upilliappan is found in Thiruvinnagar along with Bhuma devi, a reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.

He removes all our suffering and blesses us.

The story goes that Goddess Lakshmi appeared as a baby under a tulasi plant and was raised by Sage Markandeya.

When Bhuma devi was a young maiden, Vishnu appeared as an old man and asked for the hand of Markandeya's daughter in marriage.

Markandeya replied that, "You are old, my daughter is too young to even cook properly.

Markandeya meditated on Vishnu and then realised that the old man was none other than Vishnu himself.

Lord Vishnu said that he would take care of Bhuma Devi and marries her.

Full of love for her husband Bhuma Devi goes to the kitchen and decides to prepare a full meal for him.

Lord Vishnu ate her affectionate offering and laughed.

When Bhuma Devi and her father tried the food, they realized that she had forgotten to put salt in any of it.

As per the legend, the temple[ _Neyvethiyam_](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naivedhya) (food offering ) is always prepared without salt.

Neelambari Varnam

Raga: Neelambari

Tala: Adi Ekam

Composer: Sri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman 1930-2013

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Varnam is the center piece in a bharatanatyam margam, with complex rhythm passages followed by expressive dance and storytelling. In this varnam, the primary emotion portrayed is “Shringara” or love. The “nayaka” or hero of the Varnam is Lord Muruga , the son of Lord Shiva and Godess Parvati. The lyrics describe Lord Muruga as commander of the Gods and the one living in Thiruchendur (a town that has the color of red denoting auspiciousness). This is also interpreted as the one wearing the red vermillion mark on his forehead. Muruga was born out of the spark emanating from the third eye on the forehead of Lord Shiva. The heroine laments – “Please show some mercy and take me to be one with you, oh holder of the spear. Is there any moment when I do not think of you? Don’t you understand my heart? Why these tricks and games? Is it fair? What would I do if you do not come? I do not know of any other place to go. I do not stop thinking of you even for a moment. It would make me
so happy to see your beautiful moon like face and your sweet smile.”

**She further says, “Come to me on your beautiful dancing peacock oh handsome Muruga, I am yearning to see your wondrous form. Don't you hear my pleas? Or do you not have the heart to come even on hearing me? My heart is melting, I have not eaten or slept, my eyes are overflowing with tears and my body is getting frail. I go in search of you everyday with so much eagerness and feel bad when I don’t find you. Can you please come and put an end to my misery?”**

Adinalo Ranga - NEW

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Keerthanam Ranjani Mridu Pankaja Lochani - NEW

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Kavadi Chindu - VAlli Kanavan - NEW

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Simhendra Madyamam Thillana

Raga: Simhendramadhyamam

Tala: Adi

Composer: Madurai N Krishnan (1928–2005)

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

The Thillana is generally a concluding item in any dance recital. The short verse in this Thillana is in praise of Lord Muruga, the son of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva or Annamalai who has no beginning or end, takes on the form of a pillar of fire. He is a powerful God with the ability to destroy the entire world. Even as a young boy, Lord Muruga explained the meaning of ‘Om’ to such a powerful God, his father, Lord Shiva!

The lyrics praise Muruga as a young lad and the leader of the Tamil people,with the wisdom of the greatest Gurus! The poet Krishna Dasar bows down to him, and says “please shower your blessings and protection on me as the time is right”.

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