Bharatiyar's Poetry In Dance
Tamil lovers were enthralled to see a fascinating Bharatanatyam
production that brought the poetry of the great freedom fighter
Subramanya Bharathi to life. Titled "Bharata Samudayam Vazhgave"
the presentation included some of the finest works of the great poet.
The dancers Roja Kannan, Lavanya Ananth and Priya Murle wove their
distinctive styles together to create a aesthetic blend of movements
that conveyed powerful ideas and emotions.
The dance held at
the Natick High School auditorium on June 10, 2006 was a fundraiser
organized by Manitha Neyam , a charitable organization that
supports many of the needy in Sri Lanka. The goal of this fundraiser
was to raise money to provide Braille machines to a school for the
blind in Sri Lanka. Thanks to the generosity of the Perkins School for
the Blind in New England they obtained ten machines free of cost and
got another ten machines at a very low price.
presentation opened with “Potri Jaya Jaya Potri” taken from Bharatiyars
“Pudumai Penn” or liberated woman poetry series. The number which was a
Ragamalika and Talamalika presentation brought out the very progressive
ideas that the poet presents for the new woman who he says is bold yet
kind, educated but serviceable.
in "Om Shakti" described and portrayed the pantheon of gods and
prayed to them for strength and courage. The poem is a classic in
contemporary devotional poetry. Priya Murle presented Agni Kun
where Bharathi in uses a tiny spark as a symbol of courage
and talks about how a little spark can set a whole forest on
fire. The line “When it comes to courage there is no one small or
big” was perhaps used by Bharati to exhort the Indians under the
control of the powerful British to burn up the forest with their
spark. Priya’s movements that were controlled yet full of passion
brought the essence of this piece.
Thaga Thaga by Roja Kannan
talked about the uplifting of those who suffered due to social apathy.
Her powerful expressions combined with her strong movements made this a
piece to remember.
In the second half the trio in wonderful
spurt of creative choreography performed a medley of all the popular
Bharatiyars songs. Vellai Tamarai, Manthil Uridi, Chinnan Chiru Kiliye,
Kummi, Asai Mugam Marandu, Parkulle Nala Nadu, Teeratha Vilyatu Pillai,
Kavadi Chandu and final piece Aaduvome Palli Paduvome tied the theme of
Bharatam Baaratam and Bharathi together to show how talented
Bharatanatyam dancers can bring the genius of the great Bharati to life
on stage to address many of the issues facing Baaratam today.
Smt . Meena Subramanyam did a fabulous job anchoring the show. Suresh
Shiva Chidambaram dressed as Bharati himself presented a vote of thanks
on behalf of Manitha Neeyam.
The show was a treat for lovers of dance and Tamil.
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