Arya Palakurthi , student of Sridevi Thirumalai, Natyamani School of dance presented her Arangetram (solo dance recital) at Sorenson Arts Theater, Babson College, Wellesley on October 1st, 2005. Arya is a 8th
grade student at Westwood Thurston school. The nattuvangam was ably
handled by Sridevi Thirumalai who is herself a renowned dancer and
first dance was an invocation Pushpanjali followed by an Alarippu,
Jatiswaram and Kirtana. The hard work and perseverance that went into
this event was evident in these pieces. The
highlight of the day’s program was the Varnam where Arya displayed her
abhinaya skills in the navarasas (nine moods) strung together in nine
ragas. Underlying each mood Arya retold the story from an epic or
folklore. Her lively footwork and enchanting poses was a delight to
music which flowed in a rhythmic manner changing ragas to suit
different aspects of the dance added to the beauty of this piece. The
choreography for this item was meticulously done, which enhanced the
overall grace of this piece and was understood and appreciated by the
audience. She followed this up with a Padam and ended with a the
traditional Tillana and Mangalam.
The music was rich and melodious with Srihari Rangaswamy who played the Mridangam, and Sri Srivatsa who gave excellent vocal support along with Tara Anand on the violin and Sri Narashimhamurthy Ramamishra on the Flute.
has been learning this classical style from Sridevi Thirumalai for more
than 9 years and for a thirteen year old she is very confident. “This
has been a great experience for me and has taught me discipline,
patience and given me a lot of maturity” she says.
literally means ‘ ascending the stage’ for a dancer. The performance is
dedicated to Lord Nataraja ( Shiva as a cosmic dancer) and to the Guru
and the audience.