Bharatanatiyam - Tamil classical dance by K.Hariprasad, N.Srikanth & Aswathy Srikanth, Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N.Srikanth, Aswathy Srikanth, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Sangeeta Isvaran, Navia Natarajan
Bharatanatyam - Kavadi Chindu - Dvd
K.Hariprasad, N.Srikanth & Aswathy Srikanth
Kavadi chindu is a generic name for a variety of Tamil folk songs. They are light compositions in Tamil which are popular for their simplicity, emotional content and appeal.
The songs have stanzas but no pallavi, anupallavi and charana divisions and mostly are in praise of Lord Subramanya and are steeped in bhakti. The Kavadi Chindu relies heavily on folk music. In music concerts Kavadichindu finds a place at the tail end among the 'tukkadas'. The 'mudugu' or the quick rhythmic tempo is a distinctive aspect of 'kavadi chindu'.
This album features some very rare melodies apart from the popular ones. The Kavadichindu on Shiva is one such. A composition of Subramanya Bharati and two others of Oothukkadu Venkatakavi are the other highlights of this album.
1. Kamam Agatriya - This is a rare composition by Ramalinga Adigalar on Lord Shiva. The poet describes the various attributes of Lord Shiva pays homage to the Lord in the form of a "jyothi" or a huge flame of fire.
2. Nindranda Mayil This is a composition of Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaier. This beautiful song describes the impact of Krishna's music on the birds, animals and gopis of Vrindavan.
3. Villinai Otha - Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated poets of Tamizh,wrote poems on varied subjects. This song is in praise of Lord Muruga and describes his marriage to Valli.
4. Azhagu Deivam - The Kavadi Chindu as a genre of music, was popularized by Annamalai Reddiar, a great composer from Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. This composition is in praise of Lord Muruga of Kazhukumalai near Tirunelveli.
5. Kannan Varugindra - Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaier's 'Kannan Varugindra Neram' is rich in poetic excellence and charming melody. This song beautifully elucidates the excitement and anticipation of all the creatures of Vrindavan awaiting Krishna's arrival.
6. Solladi Swamimalai - ThiruKutrala Kuravanji was composed by Melagaram Thirikooda Rasappa Kavirayar in praise of Lord Shiva and his consort during the 17th century. This song is an excerpt from this composition where the kurati or gypsy girl plays the role of a sooth sayer.
Vocal: K.Hariprasad, Nattuvangam: N.Srikanth, Mridangam: G.Vijayaragavan
Violin: R.Kalayarasan, Flute: B.Muthukumar
Dancers: N.Srikanth , Aswathy Srikanth, Nikhil Raveendran, Sruti.B, Aparna Ashokan
Disc Format Language Duration
Disc 1 DVD English 56 mins
Bharatanatyam - Kuravanji - Dvd
Roja Kannan, Priya Murle, N.Srikanth, Aswathy Srikanth
Kuravanji is a popular type of dance-drama distinctive to the Tamils performed mainly in temples. The word Kura refers to the tribe Kuravas or Chenchus where the men where nomadic hunters and the women folk were reputed fortune tellers. The kuratti may convey a nomadic gypsy image, but the Tamil tradition accords a dignified place for the tribe with its own ethos and accomplishments. The word Anjia is derived from adavus which means traditional dances. A blend of classical and folk art forms, it is said to have originated around the 17th Century.
There are numerous variations in this art form comprising of compositions with high poetic quality.
Roja Kannan is a senior disciple of Sri Adyar K. Lakshman and Padmabhushan Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. She has performed extensively in India and abroad and has won many awards and accolades for her crisp and lively performances in the Kalakshetra style of dance. She is the Director of her school of dance Bharatha Natyalaya, training hundreds of students.
Priya Murali a senior disciple of Smt. Sudharani Raghupathy, is a recipient of several awards and has performed and conducted workshops extensively in India and abroad. She is a senior teacher at Sree Bharathalaya and is adept at choreography and nattuvangam.
N.Srikanth - Since the age of 6, Srikanth has been at home on the stage, first as an actor in the Bhagavata Mela dance drama of Mellattur, Tamilnadu, and as a dancer in the tradition of Bharathanatyam. Srikanth has trained under several illustrious Gurus, including Sri. Shanmugasundaram Pillai, Dr. Saraswati, and Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam, at whose institution he broadened his horizons in the art of Natya.
Aswathy Srikanth -Aswathy started her training under her mother, renowned dancer, Smt. Kalamandalam Saraswathy, at the tender age of four, giving her first stage performance at the age of seven. Aswathy is trained in three forms of dance, namely Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. She began her training in Mohiniyattam under her mother and now continues under, Smt. Kalamandalam Leelamma, one of the most illustrious names in Mohiniyattam.
Vocal: Smt. Nandhini Sharma Anand , Nattuvangam:Smt. Sasirekha Balasubramanian
Mridangam & Special Effects: Kalaimamani Sri. K.S.R.Anirudha
Violin: R.Kalaiarasan, Veena : Sri. Bhavani Prasad
Disc Format Language Duration
Disc 1 DVD Tamil 1 hr 41 mins
Rajarajeswaram 1000 - 2DVD
Live performance of 1000 dancers celebrating 1000th year of Brihadeeswara temple, thanjavur
Compilation, Music Choreography Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
UNESCO has declared the Thanjavur Temple of Peruvudaiyar (Tamil) or Brihadeeswara (Sanskrit) meaning Cosmic Lord Siva as a World Heritage Monument. Built by Emperor Rajaraja Chola and consecrated in the year 1010 AD, the temple is unequalled in its size, majesticity, architecture, sculpture and serenity with an aura of divine beauty. It is here in the first tier of the compelling tower that the 108 Karanas (dance movements) of Bharatamuni's Natya Sastra was given sculptural codification for the first time in India. 81 such Karanas are seen as Siva figures. Rajaraja's longest Tamil Inscription gives details of his having employed 400 dancers and 240 musicians to perform regularly as part of rituals. For celebrating the 1000th year of this monument cum living temple, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam has compiled, scored choreographed three dance numbers to be performed in unison by 1000 Bharatanatyam dancers at the Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur on Saturday, September 25, 2010 organised by Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India (ABHAI) of which she is presently the President and Brihan Natyanjali Foundation,
Thanjavur with the support of Government of Tamil Nadu. The numbers are Ganapathi Kauthwam, Thiruvisaippa of Saint Karuvur Thevar, the spiritual Guru of Rajaraja and Siva Panchakshara Sthuthi of Adi Sankaracharya. Each verse of Karuvur Thevar addresses Lord Siva as the presiding deity of the temple complex called Rajarajeswaram. These verses were probably his outpourings at the time of consecration 1000 years ago. This DVD is a documentation of the choreography danced by disciples of 15 Gurus.
• Devaram By Odhuvaars
• Performance By 1000 Dancers
Ganapathi Kauthwam (Traditional) Karuvur Thevar's Thiruvisaippa Adi Sankara's Siva Panchakshara Sthuthi
• Speech by Dr Padma Subrahmanyam & other Stalwarts about the making
• Practice Video of Rajarajeswaram 1000
Part of the proceeds from Sale of this DVD goes to Bharatha Ilango Foundation of Asian Culture
Disc Format Language Duration
Disc 1 DVD Tamil 2 hrs 34 mins
Disc 2 DVD Tamil 32 mins
Natyarangam (Narada Gana Sabha Trust) Presents
TAMIL SHORT STORIES IN BHARATHANATYAM - DVD
Concept and Choice of Stories
Organising Committee Member, Natyarangam, Narada Gana Sabha Trust
This DVD is a live recording of two of the performances on the occasion of the thematic dance festival Bharatham Kathai Kathaiyaam of Natyarangam, the dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha Trust, Chennai in August 2011.
Twelve Tamil short stories by eminent authors, spread over the last eight decades, were performed at the festival. The stories represent a wide choice of themes, characters and styles and reaffirm the positive values of life and the underlying nobility of the human spirit.
This was the first time that Tamil short stories were attempted in Bharathanatyam. Performed by solo and duo artists to the accompaniment of non verbal music, both vocal and instrumental, each modern short story was followed by a parallel story from the epics, puranas, legend and history, also presented in Bharathanatyam.
Anilgal -Tamil short story bySivasankari
Krauncha Vadham - Story fromValmiki Ramayanam
Presented in Bharathanatyam BySangeeta Isvaran
Asalum Nagalum -Tamil short story byIndira Parthasarathy
Story from Vishnu Puranam
Presented in Bharathanatyam By Navia Natarajan
Dance Choreography : Sangeeta Isvaran
Music Composer : M.S.Sukhi
Nattuvangam and Vocal : Murali Parthasarathy
Mridangam : M.S.Sukhi
Violin : R.Kalaiarasan
Flute : E.Devarajan
Veena : Srividhya Viswanath
Kanjira : Rijesh Gopalakrishnan
Nagasvaram : M.Balasubramani
Tabla : D.Jayakumar
Anilgal is a modern short story on a woman�s grief and anger over the mindless killing of squirrels by her neighbour, who takes the extreme step to protect the fruits of her guava trees. The parallel story of Krauncha Vadham from Valmiki Ramayana describes the anguish of sage Valmiki over the killing of one of a pair of birds during their love play. His anger bursts forth as a verse that leads him to compose the epic Ramayana.
Dance Choreography : Navia Natarajan
Music Composer : Debur Srivatsa
Nattuvangam and Rhythm Pad : Prasanna Kumar
Vocal Music : Debur Srivatsa
Mridangam : Lingaraju
Violin : Easwar Ramakrishnan
Flute : Venugopal
Sitar : Suma Rani
Asalum Nagalum is a modern short story about a little girl Usha, who prefers a living mother in flesh and blood, albeit a step mother, to a lifelike portrait of her real mother, who is no more. The parallel story of Dhruvan from Vishnu Puranam depicts the story of a young prince yearning for his father�s affection. Thwarted by his step mother, he enters the forest where his prayers and penance to Vishnu elevate him to the status of a star in the firmament.
Disc Format Language Duration
Disc 1 DVD Tamil 2 hrs 04 mins