Text Box: An expose on Bharatanatyam 
Dance Performance & Demonstration


Smt. Meenakshi Chitharanjan and Ms. Ildikó Gulyás

An expose on Bharatanatyam
(South-Indian Classical Dance )
Dance Performance & Demonstration

April 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Washtenaw Community College
Towsley Auditorium Morris Lawrence Bldg.

The enchanting beauty of dance is best portrayed by one of the oldest traditions, the Pandanallur Style of Bharatanatyam. The style is characterised by purity of line and form, precision and subtlety of expression. Meenakshi having undergone rigorous training under the famous Pandanallur Gurus, Chockalingam Pillai and his son Subbaraya Pillai, has mastered this style and performs with confidence, skill and sensitivity unfolding every nuance of this rich heritage.

Her expression of the Pandanallur style is very much her own - bold yet feminine, sharp yet fluid. Her total involvement enables her to penetrate the surface sensibility of words and to rise above mere gesture and posture and thus portray dance in its purity. She is one who while upholding the sanctity of the Pandanallur style, brings a novel freshness which merges with the intrinsic traditional content.

Ildikó Gulyás lived in India 4 years from 2002.

She learnt the south Indian arts of classical dance Bharatanatyam from Padma Shri. Meenakshi Chittaranjan, percussion instrument mrudangam from Padma Bhusan. Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Carnatic vocal from Gayathri Shankar.

Also She obtained her degree in South Indian Classical Music from the Music Academy, Madras.

She also performed in the Natyanjali Dance Festival in Chidambaram which is considered as the Citadel of Bharatanatyam.

Culture and Way of life

bulletIndia is endowed with a largesse of dance. This embraces a whole range of traditions and forms-classical, folk, tribal, ritual and contemporary. In addition there is extensive celebrations of the dance in sculpture, painting, iconography and literature. Though these offer a varied  mosaic they enjoy strong bonds of harmony and unit
bulletIt is believed that Indian classical music and dance were created for the pastime of the Gods. It should enchant the eye, the ear, the mind and the soul. So Indian classical dance is not merely a release of physical energy but a very well crafted and cultivated art form.
bulletMy  expertise is the classical dance tradition of south India called Bharatanatyam. This style combines Rhythm, Melody and Emotion. Complex, intricate and vigorous dance movements to music combining expressive dance where myriad ideas and emotions are portrayed through the use of gesture language and facial expressions are the hallmark of this art form.
bulletThe material from which the dance derives its substance is the rich Hindu culture and way of life. Religion, Mythology, Legends, Epics and Traditions form the story telling aspect of this dance form. It is complex yet captivating It is earthy yet divine It is elevating yet entertaining.


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