Tag Archives: Bharathanatyam

Sivagamiyin Sabadham

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On July 5, 2013, I have been presented the amazing opportunity to perform at the Sony Center Toronto for Madurai Muralidharan’s dance drama “Sivagamiyin Sabadham”. It’s one of those venues I didn’t think I would EVER get to perform at, so though my role is small, I’m REALLY looking forward to it.

In addition to a short dancing stint on TVI Canada, featured in the image above, I was also interviewed by Mississauga News.

Mississauga News Article & Excerpt

http://www.mississauga.com/whatson-story/3849698-thousands-gather-to-celebrate-tamil-heritage/

“…Like Manoharan, Raghavan, 24, has been dancing for nearly 15 years. She’s currently one of the senior dancers at Sri Sanskriti, a large academy in Mississauga.

“Though I was brought up in Canada and did all my schooling here, Bharatanatyam is one of the ways I can connect to my rich traditions. There’s an emotional aspect to Bharathanatyam. More than the rhythmic steps and geometric movements, there’s an acting element which brings life to historical stories and mythology,” she said.

Raghavan is thrilled to be working with Muralidharan and associate choreographer Uma Murali.

“Classes with them have been an amazing experience. Their passion for dance is contagious, and we feel blessed to be a part of something like this so far from the place our parents call home,” she said.” – Joe Chin @ Mississauga News

Highland Dancing & Bharathanatyam Fusion

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Nearly four years ago, I was the president of the “Math Society” at my University. As one of our final events that year, we had our very first charity talent night, where I had also sung “Hallelujah“.

One of the VP’s happened to be a professional Highland Dancer, so we decided to put together a last minute fusion performance. It was pretty fun choreographing in the Hallways outside our Society Office, and it makes me miss campus life.

Chaliye – Radha & Krishna Dance – With Bhavajan Kumar

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It was a blessing and honour to dance with Bhavajan Kumar at the “Radha Kalyanam” event at our local temple.

In this song, titled Chaliye, Radha & Krishna suggest going to the gardens by the Jamuna river. When Radha hears the birds chirping, she thinks “What are they saying”? Krishna confirms that even the birds are speaking of their love.

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Radha Krishna Dance – Canadian Radha Kalyanam_- Bhavajan & Srinithi

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A recipient of the Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai Endowment Award from the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Bhavajan is a Canadian born male dancer who has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 15 years, and now resides in Chennai.

We only had about 30 interrupted minutes to choreograph & practice before performing, which made the experience fun, and a little stressful!

Happy 3 years Srisarts!

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The past three years have been pretty big ones in my personal life, and through all the ups and downs, art, dance, and music have given me a lot of happiness. It’s been great sharing that with you, and the support I have gotten through facebook & my blog have been amazing! I hope you stick around for more years to come.

Here’s a picture of what I feel is my best personal creative project in the past three years

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Sri Ram Katha- The Life of Lord Rama

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Having a mom who runs a dance academy, I am often in charge of posters & tickets for events. Previously, my “MS publisher” posters and tickets were simple and completely amateur. Though I have only taken two design courses, creating the poster was a lot more fun! Though this low resolution jpg is a little blurry, the PDF that we sent to print was great quality!

This event, “Sri Ram Katha”, is something that we are all really looking forward to. The music by Bombay Sri Krishnamurthy is fantastic. It is a mix of traditional classical music & lighter bhajans, with instruments ranging from the western piano to the ‘mridangam’. Interspersed with dialogues in English, and packed with dance and drama, this show will definitely appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Bharathanatyam Oil Painting

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This 32×32 inch oil painting on canvas is based on a picture from my own Bharathanatyam Arangetram (Dance ‘graduation’) in 2009. My arangetram was one of the highlights of my life, and that makes this painting personal on so many different levels. The photographer, Manpreet Uncle at “Mansa Photography“, captured the entire event so beautifully! If you haven’t already visited the Mansa Photography website, click here to see more stunning dance photos.

Nearly two months ago, I posted a first rough layer of this very painting, and have been putting in 2-4 hours a week since then . It is the longest time I have ever spent on a single artwork!  When I first started oil painting with my AMAZING teacher last summer, I wasn’t sure if I could stick to something that took so much time. There’s no going back now! :)

Bharathanatyam Arangetram Singing

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This past summer I sang for a Bharathanatyam Arangetram, a ‘graduation’ solo performance of a classical Indian dancer who has been training for many years. What originally was a daunting task has now become a summer staple. I have been learning Carnatic music for nearly 15 years, and Bharathanatyam for over 10, so singing for dance was a natural next step.

The first clip is a Ganesh Song that I sang to kick off the performance. The song Sri Mahaganapathim Bhaje Hum is in raagam Ataana.

The second song is a Bengali Song Nrityero Tale Tale, which was chosen specifically for the Bengali Student. This is a beautiful Rabindra Sangeet, which was definitely my pride and joy of the concert. It was my first Rabindra Sangeet, my first song in Bengali, and my ‘source’ was a YouTube Video. I had to listen to each word very carefully, and enlist some Bengali family friends to help me with my diction.

The next is an excerpt of two other songs that I sang.

I have already signed up for an Arangetram next summer, so there will be more to come :)