A bharatnatyam dance performance was organized at K C International School on August 25, 2015 in collaboration with SPIC MACAY.
Star Classical Dancer (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran who has been trained by a galaxy of eminent Bharatanatyam Gurus including Smt. Swarna Saraswathy and Guru KN Dakshinamurthi Pillai. Geeta ji has ably synthesized her eclectic classical training to present unique dance presentations in which she skillfully wove abstract notions of Joy, Beauty, Values, Aspiration, Myth and Spirituality.
Recipient of many prestigious awards, fellowships and honours, including the prestigious National Padma Shri award bestowed on her by the President of India. Geeta ji is celebrated not only for her deep and composite understanding of the art of Bharatanatyam, but also for her Carnatic music (she is an accomplished vocalist), her work in television, video and film, theatre, choreography, dance education, dance activism and dance-issue journalism.
Alongwith Geeta ji, other artists who accompanied her were Guru S Shankar on Mridangam, Shri K Venkateshwaram on vocals, Shri Rohit Prasanna on flute and Ms. Radhika Kathal her disciple on Nattuvangam
To begin the auspicious beginning of a collaboration of KC International with SPIC-MACAY the lighting of the lamp was done by the dignitaries Mrs. Saroj Mahajan, Senior Vice Chair Person, Principal Mrs. Maya Mishra and the performing artists. This was followed by a warm welcome through floral bouquets.
Padmshri Geeta Chandran performed three different dances. She began with a performance on Mirabai’s hymns. Then she explained the symbolism of Natraja to the children and then she performed tandav. This enthralled the audience especially the students present on the occasion. In the question and answer session which followed, the students asked different questions related to dance and dance forms and she answered every question enthusiastically satisfying the quench of the students. The highlight was also the performance of Radhika her disciple who rose to the occasion when students questioned whether it was only the professionals who could dance so well.
To conclude she called some children on the stage and taught them some of the basics. This part of the lecture demonstration was very important because a few students got to share the stage with the maestro herself.
A Heritage Club was launched on the occasion at the hands of Mrs. Saroj Mahajan, a patron of arts, herself, Principal, Mrs Maya Mishhra, Padmshri Geeta Chandran and Mrs. Kesar Patel, Headmistress, KCIS.
Speaking at the occasion, Mrs. Maya Mishra stated that it was a learning experience for everyone present in the auditorium.