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Stupendous dance performance by Soundarya Natyalaya
Soundarya Natyalaya, a premium Bharata Natyam institution in
Atlanta, staged a dance recital ”Panchabhootam” on December 19th
at Roswell Cultural Arts Center in collaboration with OSAAT (One
School At A time) a non-profit organization that builds schools
and develops infrastructure for schools in rural India meant for
the underprivileged children by selectively adopting one school
at a time.
Gayatri Subramanian, Artistic Director of Soundarya Natyalaya
and her students performed this unique blend of classical dance
set to exquisite music originally created, composed and
orchestrated by CV Subramanian, who also conducts an Indian
Choir consisting of a vibrant group of music enthusiasts - known
The program commenced its first segment “Margam”, with
traditional Bharata Natyam dances covering a wide spectrum -
Mallari, Alarippu, Geetam, Sabdam, Natesa Kauthuvam, Swarajathi,
Krishna bhajan, Shiva padam - by the students of Soundarya
Natyalaya. This was followed by a Varnam that recaptured with
remarkable elegance the episode of “Seetha Swayavaram” from the
great epic, Ramayan.
The second segment, “Panchabhootam” - a multimedia presentation
on the five elements of nature - Earth, Water, Space, Fire and
Air was the highlight of the evening. For the first time in
Atlanta, Classical Music and Dance so subtly integrated all
salient aspects in a single dance performance.
The striking feature was the gigantic multimedia visuals on
screen that were imaginatively crafted to synchronize with the
music. The original music score deftly journeyed through
Carnatic, Hindustani, Western harmony to orchestral rendition
and provided one of a kind experience. Stage lights, colorful
costumes, visuals on screen, fluid dance movements and live
choir left the audience spellbound for hours and led to a
spontaneous standing ovation towards the end.
The Chief Guest of the evening, Dr. Seshu Sarma who is an ardent
music lover expressed words of appreciation and encouragement to
the whole team of 55 performers.
Panchabhootam was a completely sold out fundraiser event and the
net proceeds were donated to OSAAT.
The Dance Choreography, Direction & Concept was by Soundarya
Natyalay’s Artistic Director, Gayatri Subramanian who worked
with her husband for about a year for its fruition. The
choreography without deviating from the nuances of Bharta Natyam,
lent an innovative contemporary approach to the entire show.
Gayatri imparts training in Bharata Natyam in Marietta.
CV Subramanian, who is also a proficient viloinist formed ICE
(Indian Choir & Ensemble) in 2010 and presented his debut
performance in British Academy of Performing Arts where he
highlighted the intrinsic charm of Raagas. He continues to
instruct the group and offers training on voice culture and
CV Subramanian and Gayatri proudly launch their new Academy, KA
Academy of Indian Music & Dance in Marietta with a dedicated
facility/studio that will serve the community as a
multi-disciplinary school for Indian Fine Arts in Bharata Natyam,
Violin, Vocal, Adults and Kids Choir supported by a structured
curriculum and an accomplished faculty.
For enrollment or enquiries please call 678-419-0429 or email at
www.soundaryanatyalaya.com for more details.