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.
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.
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”