Varnam & Keerthanam
This DVD takes you to the next level of a unique Bharatanatyam style deeply
rooted in the illustrious Pandanallur style that inspired Smt. Rukmini Devi
Arundale, the founder of Kalakshetra to create a structured curriculum and
standardize the teaching methods. Based on this technique which went on to
become a distinctive genre in itself as the Kalakshetra bani, it presents
- Varnam, a colorful component in which the nritta, nritya and natya elements are finely juxtaposed
- Keerthanam, a descriptive devotional piece that provides immense creative scope for a performing artiste.
Performed by Kalakshetra students in the sylvan surroundings of their alma
mater, it sincerely captures the spirit and style of the institution. Each piece is preceded by a lucid introduction by a Kalakshetra faculty member which is at once educative and informative.
Varnam: Swami nee manam irangi
Raga Sriranjani • Tala Adi
Composition of Papanasam Sivan Choreographed by Rukmini Devi Arundale
Keerthanam: Ananda natana prakasam
Raga Kedaram • Tala Misra Chapu
Composition of Muthuswamy Dikshitar
Choreographed by Rukmini Devi Arundale
An authentic and aesthetic documentation of the Kalakshetra school of Bharatanatyam.