Globally renowned Bharatnatyam exponent, Padmashree Awardee Geeta Chandran enthralled students of Suncity School with her mesmerising performance in the SPIC MACAY programme at Gurgaon recently. Guru S Shankara at Nattuvangam, Manohar Balatchandirane at Mridangam, Rajat Prasanna at Flute and K. Venkateswaran at Vocals, spiced up the event, accompanying the dancer. The objective of the SPICMACAY programme was to sensitise students about Indian culture and classical art forms.
While speaking about the dance form, Geeta Chandran said, “Bharatnatyam is a 2000 year old dance form and it completely reinvigorates me. It is a pleasure to perform before students who are going to be our future talent. Bharatnatyam is an art form that trains you to be a more diligent, enduring and disciplined person which is pivotal for students to imply in their life while growing.” .
The event commenced with Pushpanjali ceremony followed by an ‘Nritya Abhinaya’ portraying the incarnations of Goddess Durga to celebrate the pious occasion of Navratris. Two of her students Amrita Shruti and Madura, performed the Bharatnatyam dance to demonstrate the uniqueness of this dance form.
Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity School, while speaking on the occasion, said, “We, at Suncity School strive to create a balance between academics and extra-curricular activities. Indian classical dance is the foundation of our culture and such a mesmerising performance speaks volumes about our Indian culture. We will continue in our endeavor to instill appreciation about Indian culture and art forms among students.” .
Geeta Chandran began learning Bharatanatyam from the tender age of five years under the tutelage of Swarna Saraswathy, who hailed from the traditional #Thanjavoordevadasiparampara. Subsequently, she continued learning diverse aspects of the classical dance from a galaxy of eminent Gurus. She is the Founder-President of Natya-Vriksha, an organisation devoted to promoting Bharatanatyam. Geeta Chandran has several accolades to her credit, chief among them being Padma Shri, Stree Samman, Kalasagar Award, Saraswati Puraskar, Lifetime Achievement Award, Karamveer Puraskar, Kishore Kumar Kala Ratan Award.
“Geeta madam’s performance left me spellbound. Since I am also learning Bharatnatyam, she is my role model. Her devotion to Bharatnatyam is inspiring and the way she trains her students is really appealing, I look forward to be her student someday and learn this classical art form from the best teachers as she is.” said Tarini Sahay, a student of Suncity School. The event concluded with the felicitation of the artists by Rupa Chakravarty, Principal, Suncity School.