Arangetram and Launch of Naatyaanjali
After 7 years of conducting Bharathanatyam classes and performances, Naatyaanjali (Offering the Arts) was officially launched by Mr. Vikram Nair (Member of Parliament, Sembawang GRC) on 14 December 2013. On the same day, Naatyaanjali conducted its first Bharathanatya Arangetram in Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel.
An arangetram is an on-stage performance of a student after undertaking several years of training. Aranga means raised stage and etram means climbing thus Arangetram literally means climbing the stage. This thus represents the graduation ceremony when the pupil is presented to the public.
This 3-hour event was a “4 in 1”.
First, there were 9 expressive, colourful and vibrant Bharatha Natyam dance pieces presented by Ms Hema Sivanathan and choreographed by Ms Jeyanthi Arumuganathan. The items were:
– Nataraja Anjali
– Alarippu (tisra ekam)
– Simhavahini Sri Rajeswari
– Yaeru Mayil Yaeri Vilaiyaadum
– Nenjil Uramumindri by Mahakavi Bharathiyaar
– Karunai Deivamae Karpagamae
– Mangalam (This was specially written by Tamil Poet Kaaviyan Muthuthaasan, Mr P Wigneshwaran.)
The Musicians comprised of Ms Jeyanthi Arumuganathan (Choreographer and Nattuvangam), Ms Aditi Gopinathan (Singer), Mr Madras Kajan (Mridangam), Mr G Manikantan (Violin) and Mr Ghanavenothan Retnam (Flute).
2. Launch of Naatyaanjali
Naatyaanjali (Offering the Arts) was officially launched by Mr Vikram Nair at the completion of all 9 items.
Before the launch, students of Naatyaanjali walked in with the Anjali mudra (which signifies offering) to a composition written by Tamil Poet Kaaviyan Muthuthaasan, Mr P Wigneshwaran and composed by Mr Ghanavenothan Retnam. Mr Nair did the honours by unveiling the Naatyaanjali plaque.
3. Graduation Ceremony
The completion of Hema’s Arangetram was marked by Naatyaanjali presenting Hema with her Certificate of Achievement. Congratulations Hema! You fulfilled your dad’s dream of your Arangetram against all odds.
4. Charity was not forgotten
Wherever possible, Naatyaanjali would incorporate a “help others” element into our activities. We did that this time too. We sourced for donations to benefit Handicaps Welfare Association. We succeeded by collecting $1,263.20!
14 Dec 2013 marked a very significant milestone in the history of Naatyaanjali and in Hema’s life.No tags for this post.