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SOORYA FESTIVAL

The festival, which started on September 1 in Chennai, came to Bangalore on September 15 and took place in the City till September 20. Taking place in different parts of the country, the festival is touted to take place on all 365 days of the year, thereby beating its own record of being the ‘longest duration run cultural programme’.

On day one of the festival, popular bharatanatyam exponent Rama Vaidhyanathan delighted the audiences with her effortless dance performance. While on day two, Ramesh Narayan gave a Hindustani vocal performance.

Savita Shastri, a bharatanatyam dancer from Delhi took the stage on September 17. She started the show with a Shiva Tandava Stotram and followed it up with a Varnam — Indraagilum puriyada, a Rajkumar Bhar­athi composition. She later performed a graceful Jav­ali, Yenna Daina and ended the show with a beautiful Thil­la­na to a composition of Dr Balamuralikrishna.

 Midhilalaya from Trivandrum performed Ramay­an­am Ballet titled Pibare Ramarasam on September 18. Ba­sed on Eka Sloka Ramayanam, this performance was witnessed by a full house and mesmerised the audiences. On September 19, Nrithyagram, an odissi group, took the stage and started with Ayagirinandini and mahishasuramardhini. This was followed by Rithu Vasantham, Geeta Govindam, Sakhiye Kesi Madanamudaram to name a few and concluded with a beautiful Ardha Nareeswara.

Most of the items were presented by Swarupa Sen and Bijoyini Satpathi and it was once again a full house. The grand finale of ‘Soorya Festival’ was truly grand as renowned Carnatic singer San­jay Subramanium presented a concert on September 20 which the music-lovers of the City thoroughly enjoyed. 

Said V G Nair, the coordinator of Soorya Bangalore Chapter, “We started the Bangalore Chapter four years ago and conducted the show at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for three years. We have been fortunate to have got the best artistes, who are well-known and quite a crowd-puller in themselves. They all were extremely accommodative as well.” Veena, another coordinater and a bharatanatyam and mohiniyattam dancer, said one of her favourite performances was that of Ramesh Narayan.

“Watching the performance of Nrithyagram was a surreal experience too. Every year, we have been taking Bangalore artistes outside but this year for a change, we got the artistes from outside into the City,” she summed up.

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