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Essay contest for students 'c r e s k' Trust of India, is conducting an essay contest for the school students in TamilNadu. The topic of the contest is “India 2020 – My Vision.” There are three groups for participation. Group I is meant for students of classes 6,7 and 8. Students of class 9 and 10 can participate in the second group. Group three will comprise of class 11 and 12 students. Students

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Elegant and beautiful presentation

Hansikaa Vijay, disciple of Surya Natya Kalaalayam Director K.Suryasree did her bharatanatya arangetram at Krishna Gana Sabha. Hansikaa commenced her performance with a pushpanjali and Ganesa sthuthi, composed by Dr. Balamuralikrishna in arabhi ragam set to adi thalam. Nandikowthvam in rishabhapriya ragam set to adi thalam was an initiation into devotion. Traditional alarippu in misrachapu thalam, K.N.D.Pillai`s jathiswaram in hamsanandi ragam set to roopakam revealed some amazing postures, theermanas and mukthayas. Shabdam on Lord Muruga in raagamalika set to misrachapu , revealed the virohithakhanditha nayaki bhava of Devayani and the dancer did complete justification to the training and the composition of her

guru Suryasree. The main piece, varnamwas replete with dramatisation of Narasimha and Vamana Avatharams. In the piece, Engum Niraintha Paramporule – Ezhumalai Vasane, the sanchara charnam for the line Mannum Vinnum Alandha Viswaroopane and the main sanchara charanamAchchuthananda Govinda Kamalanayana were a treat due to the detailed dramatization. Hansika revelaed the episodes of Lord Vishnu`s greatness and postures of Dasavaatharams with grace. The padam – Sadananda Thandavam in ragamalika set to adi thalam was very graceful and the dancer's body language needs special mention. She concluded the arangetram with revathy raga thillana. The rhythm, timing and synchronization were

ARTS Enhancing the philosophical values

enjoyable. Suryasree handled Nattuvangam. Randhini on vocal, Sankar on violin, Sugandhi Seshadri on veena, Bhagyalakshmi on flute, P.R.Venkatasubramanian on keyboard and Ram Sankar Babu on mrudangam gave dedicated support to the artiste. Cine director Cheran, Bharathanatya exponents K a l a i m a m a n i Sreekalabharath and Divyasena and Makkal Kural editor, Kalaimamani Ramji graced were the chief guests. Cheran said that due to learning dance one's energy and confidence increases and it helps to develop an analytical mind. Appreciating Hansikaa`s performance, he recalled his experiences at the time of his daughter`s arangetram. Ramji said that Hansikaa is a matured performer.

Sreevatson`s brain child – Athidhi, a short form of Athidhi Devo Bhava was held under the auspices of Bharat Kalachar at YGP Auditorium recently. The play not only mesmerised the theatre buffs but also enriched them due to its thrust on philosophical values and the enlightenment it provided. In the story, Adithya, who had a love failure, comes to Sankaran's place accidentally with a suicide plan. After having conversation with Sankaran, the positive vibrations, influences him to change the plan. An industrialist Ram Prakash comes to the same place with an idea of occupying Sankaran`s place and asks him to leave the place. Vaidhi, a minister also helps Ramprakash to evict Sankaran. Ram Prakash utilises his friend Sekar as a Project Engineer. Sekar tries to convince Sankaran, but he could not as he feels some positive vibrations.

Ram Prakash loses his son and collapses. Within a period, Adithya reaches a higher position in life and he becomes wealthy. Sekar realises Sankaran's miracles. Later on, Ramprakash comes to Sankaran's place and understands that Sankaran is none other than Lord Siva and his house is a Siva Temple. Sankaran advises Ram P r a k a s h to b u i l d a n engineering college in his son`s name – Surya. This story made the audience to think and to enlighten their mind about Lord. All the actors and actress lived as the characters. Perfection and presentation with proper mannerisms were executed. It seems, Sreevatson`s creativity and philosophical content is due to his association with Ramakrishna Mission. The concept was handled well and the lighting and effects were suitable for the theme. Though the

conversation between characters seemed to be casual, the inner meaning and depth of the dialogues made the audience think. It sends out a message that whatever it be and whoever it be, the presence of Lord in the form of Sankaran can change him. Sreevatson handled the script very carefully and the dialogues used only proper dosage of English. In the play, Sreevatson lived as Ram Prakash, Sreedharan lived as Sankaran , Giridharan as Vaidhi, Krishnamoorthy as Sekar, Ramesh as Adithya and Shoba as Vijaya. Behind the screen were B a b u ( l i g h t s ) , Krishnamoorthy (sets) and Padma Stage Kannan in charge of the sets. Giridharan and Amudan had scored the music. Keerthi (stage) Loganathan (make up), Palaniswamy & Sreerama (co-ordination) justified their responsibilities in satisfied manner.


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