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Vendumadi Eppodum Viduthalai: A Dance Tribute To Patriotic Tamil Poet Subramanya Bharath

Sunanda Narayanan
10/18/2019

‘Vendumadi Eppodum Viduthalai’

A dance tribute to patriotic Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathi and a fundraiser for the

Chinmaya Maruti Temple 

Sunday Nov 10th at 4pm at Chinmaya Maruti Auditorium, Andover MA 

Maha Kavi Subramanya Bharathi was one of India’s greatest poets. The thematic dance presentation in Bharatanatyam titled Vendumadi Eppodum Viduthalai (Freedom We Want at All Times) offers an insight into his lifelong quest for Freedom in all facets of existence. As a citizen of his motherland enslaved under the British Colonial rule, Bharathi was recognized as an epitome of the irrepressible spirit of Freedom. He was a visionary, who celebrated freedom, which was decades into the future, and which he never lived to see. 

His vision of freedom was all pervading - in Nature, Mankind, Geography and Politics, Women, Children, the individual creative psyche, and in spiritual freedom from earthly attachment. He was also well ahead of his times in his quest for equality and fairness for all. 

The dance weaves a rich and colorful tapestry of his immortal lines set to music in classical, lighter, and folk melodies. The golden heritage of India from its Vedic age, epics, history, and legend to contemporary times forms the sum and substance of the choreography. 

The script for the program is by well-known scholar and writer, Sujatha Vijayaraghavan, from Chennai. The dancers in the production are Sunanda Narayanan, Sumana Rao, Deepa Srinath, Soumya Rajaram, Smitha Radhakrishnan, Aishwarya Narayanaswami, and Manasa Jayanthi. The musicians who will provide live music are Roja Kannan (nattuvangam), Prasanna Venkatesh (vocal), Tara Anand (violin), Durga Krishnan (Veena), and Mahalingam Santhanakrishnan (mridangam). Purple Ganesh has created the attached beautiful program flyer. 

The dancers and musicians have been inspired by Bharathi’s stirring lyrics and are delighted to bring this presentation to the Boston area audience. Tickets may be purchased at: 

http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/cal.php?stage=1&event_id=14673

Please do come and support the production, artists, and Chinmaya Maruti Temple.



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