Category Archives: Vazhuvoor

Arattarangetram Season 2 Episode 2 (Part II)

Hello Arattarangetram viewers, here is the continuation of Season 2 Episode 2 of Arattarangetram, featuring Uma Sathya Narayanan, senior disciple of Chitra Visweswaran.

To listen to just the audio from the interview, you can download the mp3 from here (right click link and select “save link/target as”).

 

0:14 – Devil’s Advocate: Dance music vs. Carnatic music

9:18 – Discussing a musician’s ego when accompanying a dancer

13:06 – Communicating with musicians for dance orchestration

18:10 – Uma’s musical training with A.S. Murali Sir

22:14 – Chitra and Visweswaran’s relationship dynamic as dancer and musician

27:47 – Training for dance music

31:19 – Challenges for dance musicians

35:40 – Solutions for challenges for dance musicians

41:43 – Uma talks about singing for Chitra Visweswaran’s productions

49:55 – Rapid Fire

Thanks for watching!

Arattarangetram Season 2 Episode II (Part I)

pic 2 Pic by Avey Varghese, Courtesy – Uma Sathya Narayanan

Hello Arattarangetram viewers, this is the first part of Episode II of Arattarangetram Season II. In this episode, our special guest is Uma Sathya Narayanan, senior disciple of Chitra Visweswaran.

To listen to just the audio from the interview, you can download the mp3 from here (right click link and select “save link/target as”).

0:05 – Madhana introduces the booklet Sathya Narayanan

2:30 – “YouTubaanubhavam” – Discussion on Uma Sathya Narayanan’s video – http://youtu.be/XjDa4i6X4yc?t=7m25s

5:00 – Uma Sathya Narayanan answer’s Raj’s question on Chitra Visweswaran’s baani, Uma Sathya Narayanan’s interpretation of it and comparison of Chitra Visweswaran’s baani with other Vazhuvoor baanis

8:13 – Uma Sathya Narayanan talks about her initial days at Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts

9:59 – Uma Sathya Narayanan answers Subha’s question about the idea of “abandon” in dance and how it comes with experience

12:22 – Raj asks Uma Sathya Narayanan about how her personal technique has evolved

15:34 – Subha plays another video clip – http://youtu.be/lP7MCmHisZA?t=47s

16:50 – Subha asks Uma Sathya Narayanan on grace and happiness in Chitra Visweswaran’s baani

19:26 – Kathak Influence (Birju Maharaj ji) in Chitra Visweswaran’s baani

21:13 – Do today’s dancers or does Bharatanatyam in general lack a sense of abandonment/spontaneity? Uma Sathya Narayanan answers..

23:38 – Effortlessness in dancing and its importance

24:55 – Drawing inspiration from nature for dancing

25:53 – The atmosphere in Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts, Chennai and how it is conducive for learning art forms

28:09 – Experience about working in group – “Panchali Sabadham”

30:53 – Approach towards music, stage decor for Bharatanatyam

34:16 – Shadow play in “Sakhyam” production with Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya

36:24 – “Body language” for mime in Bharatanatyam

37:31 – Footwork intonations (vallinam, mellinam) in YouTube video

40:00 – Pressure on the artiste to handle lights, stage craft, and other logistics before show – India vs. abroad

44:31 – Uma Sathyanarayanan answers Madhana’s question on how the artist in her responded to her husband’s loss

51:12 – Family support in getting Uma Sathyanarayanan back to dancing

53:43 – Social stigma towards her dancing

57:30 – Vail Sathyanarayanan sings “Adhuvum Solluval” Javali (Sourashtram, Adi, Dharmapuri Subbarayar)

Watch out our blog for Part II of this episode with Uma Sathyanarayanan!

Arattarangetram Eighth Episode – Part III

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Clockwise: Swamimalai Rajarathnam Pillai with Lalgudi Jayaraman; with T. Balasaraswati; Smt. Jayakamala Pandian (Images reproduced with permission)

Special Guest: Smt. Jayakamala Pandian, Artistic Director of Rajarathnalaya Arts Foundation, Bengaluru

0:00 – Devil’s advocate “How to make current kutcheri padati of Bharatanatyam accessible for non-dancer audiences?”

Topics touched:

  • cinema influences in classical dance
  • folk dances
  • changes in format
  • do such changes dilute the classical art form?
  • classical dancers in cinema
  • how is the same song choreographed for cinema and for a stage?
  • Swamimalai Rajarathnam Pillai and cinema

23:42 – Rapid Fire round

Arattarangetram Eighth Episode – Part II

Clockwise: Swamimalai Rajarathnam Pillai with Ravi Shankar and Kumari Kamala; with Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai; Smt. Jayakamala Pandian with SKR in a program (Images reproduced with permission)
Clockwise: Swamimalai Rajarathnam Pillai with Ravi Shankar and Kumari Kamala; with Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai; Smt. Jayakamala Pandian with SKR in a program (Images reproduced with permission)

Special Guest: Smt. Jayakamala Pandian, Artistic Director of Rajarathnalaya Arts Foundation, Bengaluru

Note to viewers: Due to technical difficulties the conversation about Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai got interrupted. We have continued discussing the same thread in this video.

0:00 – Continuing the conversation from Part I of Arattarangetram Eighth Episode.

1:08 – Students who joined under Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai after their arangetrams.

Raghu’s Segment

2:59 – Raghu’s Question “How did you imbibe the teaching methods from your father? Also, how did your father imbibe from Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai?”  Discussing about Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai’s teaching, his humility.

13:46 – Vocalist turned nattuvanaar – How important is the inclination of music to teaching?  Discussing about SKR and Lalgudi Jayaraman.

17:37 – Was Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai choreography graceful due to his music?

18:10– Smt. Jayakamala Pandian sings a singati from Khamas varnam, emphasizing the musicality of Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai.

19:35 – How challenging is it for current dance vocalists to render sangatis like Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai?

24:18 – Vazhuvoor Bani and its intricate sollukattus.

Dance History

26:25 – Slideshow of “Historical snippets about Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai”. Showing video from Film Division’s 1954 “Bharatanatyam” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL1hsfInhIc timestamps from 5:11 and from 6:31 onwards (Thanks to youtube user kvammayi for uploading the video!)

34:03 – Smt. Jayakamala Pandian identifies the vocalist as Radhakrishnan and Swamimalai K Rajarathnam Pillai and other members of the troupe in the video.

38:45 – Vazhuvoor Ramaiah Pillai reciting Jathis in the Film Division’s 1954 video.

39:38 – Trivia about Jayakamala Pandian’s name and discussion about Kumari Kamala

43:30 – Speciality of Vazhuvoor Bani/Style

Bonus video: Watch Smt. Jayakamala Pandian doing a demonstration of Virutham for “The Indian Fine Arts Society”

Arattarangetram Eighth Episode – Part I

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Hi Friends,

Enjoy the eighth episode of Arattarangetram here.

Special Guest: Smt. Jayakamala Pandian, Artistic Director of Rajarathnalaya Arts Foundation, Bengaluru

0:00 – Subha introducing the special guest Smt. Jayakamala Pandian

2:55 – Madhana’s question – “How is the dance scene in Bengaluru? How different  is it from Chennai?”

10:22 – Her favorite bangalore dancers

10:50 – Does Bengaluru has as sabha culture like Chennai?

11:52  – How do Bengaluru audiences perceive classical dance?

Madhana’s Segment

14:42 – Video of  “SKR 80 function held in Chennai, 2012” Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B10xj-1yCnY

Jayakamala Pandian recounting the experiences of organizing the event in honour of her father, Swamimalai K. Rajarathnam Pillai’s 80th birthday celebrations.

22:23 – Unique teaching method of Bharatanatyam by SKR to his students

25:30 – Vazhuvoor nritta and its uniqueness: How is grace incoporated in the style? Explaining Ramiah Pillai’s and SKR’s teaching vazhuvoor bani.

38:00 – Collaboration between Bharatanatyam artists – an established norm.

Watch out for Part II and Part III of the seventh episode with Smt. Jayakamala Pandian in the next post.