On August 16, the sky Gods were with AIM for Seva. Despite dark clouds hovering in the airspace, a fairly large crowd made it to the Music Academy to witness a splendid show.
A day after Independence Day, AIM for Seva presented Nandalala- ‘A Nritya Natak’ directed by Smt. Anitha Guha on stage as part of its fund raising efforts.. Lord Krishna’s life was brought alive on the dais by the renowned choreographer’s ensemble, Bharathanjali. Nandalala is a multilingual thematic dance presentation on Krishna and the production takes you through the journey of the Lord’s life.
The programme began with students of the Swami Dayananda Rotary Matriculation School, Kadalur singing the invocation song, Bharata Desha Hitaya, composed by our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. After this, Swamini Suddhavidyananda Saraswati ji who manages our Free Student Hostel for Girls in Chinnasalem, Tamil Nadu rendered a moving speech. Started in 2014, there are currently 52 students residing in this hostel.
After Swamini’s speech, two alumni students from the same hostel came and shared their experience on the dais.
After the talk by the students, ‘Nandalala- A Nritya Natak’ commenced. The mesmerising story of the dark hued Lord coupled with songs of composers like Purandara Dasa, Annamacharya, Surdaas, Meera, Narayana Theerthar, Jayadeva, (Ashtapathis), Oothukadu Venkatasubaiyar, enthralled the audience. The Rasa Leela drew lot of appreciation from the rasikas. In all, the creative choreography combined with excellent footwork ensured Nandalala to be a treat for the eyes.
The show drew rapturous applause from the gathering. After the dance drama, the Chairperson and Managing Trustee of AIM for Seva, Smt. Sheela Balaji, honoured our Swamijis and Swaminis who had come for the show as well as Smt. Anitha Guha, the choreographer of Nandalala and Smt. Revathi Ramachandran, director of Kalakshetra, the chief guest for the evening.
Smt. Anitha Guha spoke about the performance and introduced her troupe. In her speech, chief guest, Smt. Revathi Ramachandran commended the dancers and choreographer of Nandalala for their wonderful performance.
After the Chennai show, the Bharathanjali troupe will embark on a multi city tour in the USA for one month (September-October). The proceeds from this show would be utilised towards a new classroom block at the Swami Dayananda Rotary Matriculation School, Kadalur.