Clevland Thyagaraja Festival 2021
As we continue planning the 2021 Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival this summer, we are also pleased to announce a Sustaining Sampradaya program for Bharathanatyam dance. This is the first time the festival is undertaking this initiative and we are sure that this will fill in a long felt need.
We are seeking two categories of applicants:
Dancers who can participate in the dance performance, and
Musicians (vocal, nattuvangam, percussion, violin, veena and flute) as orchestra members
The training we plan to provide will cover both categories.
The performance will take place during the second weekend of the Festival in Cleveland, on Friday August 13, 2021 at 4:00pm.
Details on how to apply are available on our website at http://www.aradhana.org/sampradaya/2021/dance_announce.html Since we plan to start the training process soon, the deadline for applications is April 20, 2021.
The songs included in the program will be:
Mallari / Pushpanjali
Sarasijakshulu jalakamaade (Shabdam) — Ragamalika, Mishra chapu, Tanjore Quartet
Kaalai thookki nindrathum (Keerthanam) — Yadukulakambodhi, Adi, Marimuthu Pillai
Ninainthodi (Varnam) — Raga-thala malika, Ponnaiah Pillai. This varnam is in seven ragas and seven thalas, with a lot of scope for sanchari bhava
Choodare (Padam) — Sahana, Mishra chapu, Kshetragna
Indendu vacchithira — Surati, Mishra chapu, Kshetragna
Vagalaadi bodhanalaku (Javali) — Behag, Roopakam, Tirupathi Narayanaswamy
Thillana — Mohanakalyani, Adi, Lalgudi G. Jayaraman
For all applicants, training will be spearheaded by senior dance Acharyas like Smt.Radha, Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao, Smt. Bragha Bessel, Smt. Anitha Guha, Smt. Nithya Kalyani, Thirunangai Narthaki Nataraj, Smt. Sheila Unnikrishnan and others.
We plan to give fairly rigorous training on these besides giving the participants a very authentic and traditional version of these dance items.
The total number of performers for this program will be limited and will include dancers, vocalists and accompanists. The choreography will be for a group performance, but we think that there will still be scope to exhibit individual talent.
We recognize that the training process is going to be intense and rigorous, but we also know that it is a very unique way to attain artistic proficiency of high caliber in a very short time. Based on our experience with other initiatives in music and dance in the previous years, we are confident that the 2021 dance initiative will also prove to be memorable.
We hope that you seriously consider this very unique opportunity that we are offering.
V V Sundaram