Welcome to an evening of exciting dance performance by Vishaka Mukkamala,Tanvi.

On behalf of From within Dance Academy and Vishaka'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!

Vishakais 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.

Tam Tam Tam Todayamangalam

Raga: Nattai

Tala: Adi

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: Dhananjayans - contemporary

We commence the event with **Pushpanjali **\- 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 Lord Ganesha. The verse goes –

The one who rides on a mouse, who holds sweets in his hand, who has fan like ears, who wears a long sacred thread, who has a short stature , who is the son of Lord Nataraja, and who is the remover of all obstacles, I pray to thee.

Mishram Allarippu

Raga: null

Tala: Misrachapu

Composer: Traditional

Choreographer: Kalakshetra/Rukmani Devi Arundale

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 set to a count of seven beats.

Rasikapriya Jathiswaram

Raga: Rasikapriya

Tala: Adi

Composer: Sri. Lalgudi G Jayaraman 1930-2013

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.

Chakrath Alwar Shabdam

Raga: Ragamalika

Tala: Misrachaapu

Composer: Sandha Kavi Ramaswamy, Tamil Pulavar, contemporary and Neela Ramanuja

Choreographer: null

In this item the dancer introduces abhinaya for the first time in the repertoire. The abhinaya composed to simple sahityam is usually separated by easy korvais.Chakrathazhwar is the sage of the Sudarshana Chakra.

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Sudarshana is the holy wheel which Lord Vishnu uses as his chief weapon. The term Sudarsana means that which is beautiful to behold. There is a story that the daughter of Viswa Karma, who was the architect of the Gods, was married to the sun God and she left him because of his immense heat. It seems Viswa Karma put Sun God in a cage and churned him to reduce his heat. The heat was reduced and Sudarshana Chakra, Trishoola and Shakthi, respectively the weapons of Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Subrhamnya were born out of the churning. Sudarshana Chakra is given the status of God by the followers of Ramanujacharya. He being a prime devotee is called the Chakrathazhwar. (Sage of the wheel) and worshipped by Vaishnavas . Sudarsana Chakram is the mighty weapon of Lord Narayana.

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Chakram arises from the fact that the Chakram leads the seeker to the path of Lord Narayana. The Chakram has many auspicious attributes. The foremost amongst these attributes is Peeta Pariharam (relief from all kinds of painand suffering) for the devout and Peeta Pradanam (relentless misery) for the evil minded. The Sudarsana Chakram also has the characteristic of Papa Nasanam (destroying one's sins). Papa Nasanam is the first step towards realizing Lord Narayana

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Chakrathalwar helps his bhaktas who are in great danger. Chakkarathalwar is found along with Lord Himself to help Sriman Narayanan. So, Chakkarathalwar is said to be the “Saving God” for every bhaktas. The best example for why he is said to be the saving god is the help offered to Gajendran, the elephant.

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.

Vishaka Mukkamala,Tanvi Sapar 2020 Abhang - NEW

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Brahma kadigina

Raga: Mukhari

Tala: Adi

Composer: Annamachariar, 14 th century poet

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Lord Venkateswara’s feet are described as the ultimate destination by the devotees. He whose feet are dear and worshiped by even Lord Bhrama, they represent the Bhraman or supreme truth itself.

When as Lord Vishnu you took on the Vaman avatar, your feet covered the earth, heavens and finally, you put the last foot on Mahabali’s head.

Your beautiful feet pressed on the Snake Kaliya’s head as you danced on him in the river Yamuna and they are the same feet that are loving pressed by Shree Lakshmi.

To all the great Yogis who pray at your feet, you offer your blessings, In Tirumala / Tirupathi, I come to see your beautiful feet.

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Ramachandra Kripalu

Raga: Yamuna Kalyani

Tala: Misra Chapu

Composer: Saint Tulsidas, 16th Century poet

Choreographer: M Subhashini Vijay Santhanam

Rāma is more beautiful than that all the lotuses in the pond. He is the ideal King who was willing to even separate from his wife Sita to follow the law of the land that dictated that a woman who had stayed under the roof of another man could no longer go back to her husband. Knowing fully well that Sita is guileless, he controls his own feelings and tells her she is free to go anywhere she wishes after he kills Ravana and rescues her from Lanka. Sita requests Lakshmana to build a pyre and emerges unscathed. Rāma reunited with her following everyone hearing a celestial voice that commands their union. The people of Ayodhya are ecstatic that their King Rama returns to their kingdom and celebrate and crown him King.

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We revere Shri Ramachandra, who removes 'Bhava' the worldly sorrow or pain, 'Bhaya' the fear, and 'Daruna' the scarcity or poverty.
Rāma has fresh lotus eyes, lotus face and lotus hands, feet like lotus and like the rising sun. His beauty exceeds innumerable Kaamdevs (Cupids). He is like a newly formed beautiful blue cloud. The yellow robe on his body appears bright like lightening. He is the consort of the daughter of Sri Janak (Sri Sita), the embodiment of sacredness. He is the lord of solar dynasty and protects the downtrodden. He is the destroyer of demons adevils and their race.
He is a descendant of Sri Raghu. He gives joy to Ayodhya like a moon. He is the son of Sri Dashrath. He wears crown on his head, kundala or ornaments on his ear and tilak (crimson mark) on his forehead and other beautiful adornments.
His powerful arms reach his knees. He holds a bow and an arrow and emerged victorious in the battle with demons Khar and Dushan. Thus says Sri Tulsidas –the one who is pleasing to Lord Shiv, Sri Shesh and saints, reside in the lotus of my heart and destroy evil and protect me. **

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.‖ **

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