Nirantara Narmada festival

Bengaluru 1st March 2017: Kalasindhu Academy for Dance and Related Arts reaches a milestone of ten years this march in Bengaluru and Smt Poornima Gururaja, Director, Kalasindhu Academy will be hosting a two day event Nirantara Narmada festival on March 11th and 12th 2017.

Nirantara Narmada festival is a two day celebration of the life of Natyavisharade Guru Smt Narmada.  Known for her Nattuvangam skills and her creative choreographies, she has left behind several solo performing artists of caliber and teachers of repute in her students.  

2017 is the tenth year, and Kalasindhu is honored to present two productions on the 11th and 12th   of March, 2017, at 6 PM, at the Shivarthreeshwara Center (JSS), 8th block Jayanagar, Bengaluru. 

Her student Smt Poornima Gururaja, Director, Kalasindhu Academy of Dance, celebrates her artistry and life through the Nirantara Narmada Festival initiated in 2008. The festival has presented to the Bangalore audiences, artists of International repute such as Kalaimamani Nartaki Nataraj, Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli, Padma Shree Prathibha Prahlad, Padmabhushan Swapna Sundari, Kalaimamani Guru Smt Rhadha, Padmabhushan Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar and Padma Shree Leela Samson, Karnataka Kalashri Guru Vasundhara Doreswamy and Kalashri Smt. Usha Datar. 

Karnataka has had a history of patronizing artists from different geographies at different periods. Celebrating this pluralism of the arts in Karnataka this year’s Nirantara Narmada celebrates Karnataka and Tanjavoor, the two main cultural hubs of dance and music in the 19th century.  

TheTanjore Quartet was patronized by the Mysore Royalty. The legendary GuruKittappa Pillai himself started his teaching career in Karnataka and lived herefor 30 years.   Guru Narmada and Poornima Gururaja have practiced theMysore style and the Tanjavoor style, creating a lineage and Parampara of theirown. This year’s presentations are an ode to this dualism within theParampara. 

“KarnatakaKala Taranga”, is a art history presentation that portrays glimpses ofroyalties of Karnataka that have patronized the arts over several centuriesending in the court traditions of the Wodeyar’s.  

Thework is choreographed by Bangalore’s pioneer researcher and dancer, Director ofthe Nupura School of Dance, Smt Lalitha Srinivasan. She was commissioned tochoreograph this production for Kalasindhu in association with Nupura (her owninstitution), keeping in mind the purity of pedagogy she has imbibed being adisciple of Padmabhushan Smt. Venkatalakshamma, a sani of the Mysore court.  

Itis produced and presented by Poornima Gururaja, Director, Kalasindhu Academy ofDance, Bengaluru. The presentation is on the 11th of March. 

Thesecond day’s presentation celebrates the Guru-Shishya Parampara. Guru KittappaPillai’s son Shri Chadrashekaran conducts and his grand daughter Charumathidances the first half of the evening throwing light on the continuity oftradition within the family. Kalasindhu presents the Guru Stuti  a rarepiece composed by the Tanjore Quartet as “Guru Dakshina” to Muttuswamy Dixitar. 

Thesecond half is an ode to the musical genius Muthusamy Dixitar, who isthe Guru of the  Tanjore Quartet. His influence on their musicalcompositions are unquestioned. The Panchabhoota Kriti’s of Dixitar arepresented by five  senior disciples of Guru Narmada who all runinstitutions of repute in Bangalore. The production is titled “KshetraDarshanam, Panchabhoota Lingam".

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