Music & Dance the same evening
Dance segment : Bharathanatyam recital by the legend of Bharathanatyam
Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam & Dr Gayathri Kannan
Music segment : Jugalbandhi of veena & sarod instrumental music by
Maestros Kannan B & Pundit Mukesh Sharma
Date & Time: 8th May 2009 ( Friday) 7.30 PM
Venue: Victoria Theatre
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Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, the legendary Bharatnatyam dancer is a rare combination of a dancer, research scholar, choreographer, music composer & musician, teacher and author. Padma Subramanyam enchants spectators with perfect movements and hand gestures, timing, original ideas and emotes beautifully with her face. She imparts her immense knowledge to others by teaching dance, conducting workshops, giving lectures, doing research and writing articles This multi faceted and talented artist is famous in India as well as abroad, several films and documentaries have been made in her honor by countries like Japan, Australia and Russia.
This eminent Bharatnatyam Dancer was born on 4th February 1943 in Chennai. She was born to an internationally reputed famous filmmaker, freedom fighter and a parental personality in the cultural field father K. Subramanyam and a music composer, lyricist in Tamil and Sanskrit, dancer, instrumentalist mother Meenakshi. Padma grew up in an environment where both her parents were artistically inclined.
She started to learn dance at 'Nrutyodaya' under the guidance of a teacher named Kausalya. "Nrutyodaya" is a dance school that was founded by her father in the year 1942 of which she is the director presently. Later, she came under the wings of guru Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai. Padma Subramanyam's first public performance known as "Arangetram" (first performance) was in the year 1956. After that there was no looking back. She gave innumerable performances in concerts all over the world. She has had a number of gurus especially during her research- Guru Dandayuthapani Pillai and the various Devadasis from whom she learned 'adavus', Gowri Ammal from whom she learnt 'abhinaya' being some of them. Padma has also trained in music under B.V. Lakshman and Salil Chaudhry.
She also continued her education side by side. Dr. Padma Subramanyam has a Bachelor's degree in Music, Master's in Ethno Musicology and Ph.D in dance from Annamalai University. She did her thesis on 'Karanas in Indian dance and sculpture' as a research scholar. Karanas is the basic units of dance. Her research highlighted the fact that the 108 Karanas are actually movements and not just static poses. As she asserts 'the twin arts of dance and sculpture developed together in close spiritual association with the concept of the Divine Being himself as a dancer in Tamilnad. The fusion of these two arts dates back to the dawn of our civilization. The figure of a dancer unearthed in Mohenja-daro of proto-historic India explains the genetic relationship between the various dance styles of India. The pose of this icon is still found in the varied dances of our country. Proper preservation of the dance sculptures in the country is an immediate necessity. Spoiling them by whitewashing and covering them by careless constructions should be ruthlessly prohibited. She has also designed the sculptures of the 108 Karanas of Lord Siva and Goddess Parvati in black granite for the Nataraja temple at Satara in Maharashtra.
Dr. Padma Subramanyam has given several solo and group presentations such as 'Meenakshi Kalyanam', 'Viralimalai Kuravanji', 'Silappadikaram', 'Vande Mataram' etc. She has also composed music for most of her compositions and sung for a couple of albums. 'Pushpanjali' as a dance piece was introduce by her. Padma was the first dancer to use a 'meera bhajan' to be scored to suit the grammar of 'Pada Varnam'. She has also composed the first Bengali Varnam, of which Salil Chaudhury was the lyricist. She has reactivated the mono acting technique in her dance dramas. She has authored numerous articles, research papers, books and travelogues to her credit like 'Bharata's Art - then and now', 'Bharatakkalai Kotpadu' in Tamil, 'Natya Sastra and National Unity' and 'Kanchi Mahaswami's Vision of Asian Culture'. She has written many articles that have been compiled as "Legacy of a Legend".
This versatile dancer Padma Subramanyam has received many awards and honors to her credit including 'Padma Bhushan' in 1983, 'Padmashri' in 1981, 'Sangeet Natak Akademi Award' in 1983, 'Kalaimamani Award' from Govt. of Tamilnadu, 'Kalidas Samman' from Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, 'Nada Brahmam'' from Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai, 'Bharata Sastra Rakshamani' and Nehru Award in1983 of the Soviet Union so on. Padma Subramanyam has also received the prestigious 'Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize' from Japan for her contribution to development and harmony in Asia. She has served as a non-official member of the Indo-Sub-commission for education and culture.
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Awards and Honours received by Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
Dr. Gayathri Kannan
Gayatri is one of the senior most disciples of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam (Director, Nrithyodaya) for dance and Vidwan Sri S. Rajam for music. At Nrithyodaya, she completed the "Nritya Pravesika" Certificate Course, "Nritya Visaradha" Diploma Course and "Nritya Sali" Post Diploma Certificate Course (specially dealing with the 108 Karanas of Natya Sastra). She is a senior lecturer in Nrithyodaya handling classes in dance practicals, theory, sanskrit and music. Apart from solo dance recitals, she accompanies her Guru in dance. She is also the main singer for Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam's dance concerts and has extensively travelled within India and abroad including USA, Canada, UK, France, Portugal, Switzerland and Srilanka. She has presented several lecture demonstrations. For being an all-rounder (Dance, Nattuvangam & Vocal), Gayatri was awarded the prestigious title of "Yuva Kala Bharati" by Bharat Kalachar in 1993. She assists her Guru in all her research activities as well. She has completed the Nattuvangam Course also.
She took her Bachelor's Degree in Sanskrit from Queen Mary's College and was given the "Best Outgoing Student Award" in the Arts section. She took her Master's Degree in Sanskrit from Presidency College where she came first in the overall aggregate of all the MA Degree awardees of the College. She was awarded M. Phil Degree in Sanskrit by the Madras University for her dissertation "Saundarya Lahari and Sivananda Lahari - A Comparitive Study". Her dissertation dealt with a comparitive study of the rasa in both these works. She got distinction in the examination and her dissertation was rated as "highly commendable". Gayatri obtained her Ph.D Degree from the same University (Dept. of Sanskrit) for "Madhura Vijayam - A Literary Appreciation". She was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for her Ph.D work. Gayatri is presently doing a research project on the Application of Bharata's Dhruva Gana for Contemporary Dance with a Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. Gayatri is also a Trustee of Director K. Subrahmanyam Memorial Trust and Bharatamuni Foundation for Asian Culture.
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Maestros Kannan B
Kannan hails from a family with an artistic background and achievements. His father V. Balakrishnan was a reputed Documentary Film maker. His mother Shyamala Balakrishnan was a well known singer and research scholar in music. His paternal grandfather Director K. Subrahmanyam was a veteran pioneer in films and a parental personality in the cultural field. His paternal grandmother Meenakshi Subrahmanyam was a noted music composer and lyricist in Sanskrit and Tamil languages. His maternal grandmother Soundaram was one of the prime disciples of the musical giant Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. Kannan is the nephew of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, the reputed dancer and research scholar.
Kannan is known for his charming creativity and clarity in head-reeling speed without loss of emotion. He makes full use of the 3-1/2 octaves in Veena. He is the only Veena artiste who has performed Jugalbandhis with Santoor, Sarod and Sitar artistes of the Hindustani world (the sponsors for which included Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi)
A Commerce graduate of Vivekananda College, Kannan was the Founder-President of Youth Association for Classical Music (YACM) in 1985. He was
the recipient of Junior Fellowship of the Govt. of India, Young Veena Artiste Awards from Narada Gana Sabha, Music Academy and Krishna Gana Sabha. He was one of the earliest recipients of 'Yuva Kala Bharati' from Bharat Kalachar in 1988. He has performed for the documentation of the Kudumiyamalai music inscriptions of 7th century for a research project of Sangeeta Vadyalaya (Govt. of India).
Kannan has composed many Tillanas and assisted his aunt in her music compositions for her dance dramas and also TV serials and Documentaries directed by his father. His
independent compositions for Bharat Kalachar's productions include 'Kartavyam' and 'Abhayam' performed by a galaxy of musicians. Apart from his extensive travel within India, he has widely travelled all over the world playing Veena and Suddha Maddalam for his aunt and performed solo concerts in Russia (Festival of India - through ICCR, Govt. of India), USA, Canada, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Middle East (including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, Muscat, Bahrain), Mauritius, Srilanka, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Kannan has been featured in Chennai Doordarshan, Jaya TV, Sun TV, Raj TV and Vijay TV and also Asian Television Network (ATN) Canada. He is the Secretary of Nrithyodaya, Chennai and is also a Trustee-Secretary of Director K. Subrahmanyam Memorial Trust as well as Bharatamuni Foundation for Asian Culture.
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Pundit Mukesh Sharma
Pundit Mukesh Sharma is India's leading exponent of Sarod among the younger generation. His highly versatile and esthetic perception of the Sarod has enabled him to touch most profound depths of his instruments. His purity of style, uniqueness of imagination with his brilliant technique in which he blends the elements of "Gayaki ie, Vocal rendering and "Layakari" ie... Instrumental rhythmic patterns, make his recitals enchanting.
The outstanding feature of his rendering is that it not only reflects the musicians mood and his nuances but also adds to the overall power and effect of the ragas. His
music is filled with melodic command and rhythmic complexity making for an experience that is incomparably sweet, melancholic and joyous.
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