The 10th annual art festival, a three-day programme organised by Rukhminidevi Natyakshetra Foundation, began in the city on Sunday with an inaugural ceremony, along with a painting exhibition by Natyakshetra Aksaramukhas. The programme started with a beautiful Geetha vadya manjari rendered by students of the Natyakshetra, followed by the lighting of the kuthuvillakku by the chief guests of the evening – N Murali, president, Music Academy and V R Devika, managing trustee of The Aseema Trust. A souvenir of the Foundation was released by ThiruVa Ve Su, one of the best known lyricists of the Tamil film industry. Azhagar Kuravanji, a dance drama, was presented by the students of Natyakshetra, an exceptional performance. Felicitation was accorded to the guests as a token of love and gratitude by the students of the Natyakshetra and organising committee members. The chief guests were given an oppurtuniy to comment on the performances. “The performances of the students are becoming better day by day “ said Devika who has been associated with the Foundation for eight years. “Students are the stars of the Natyakshetra, which has given them an opportunity to develop creativity in the art form of dance,” said Murali. “Students are keeping alive the langauge of Tamil through their beautiful and soulful performances.”
Rukhminidevi Natyakshetra has always stood for the artistic and disciplined life, which was evidenced by the traditional attire of the students, the girls in davanis and the boys in kurta and veshti. The gurus were given a special welcome with a thattu with fruits and dakshina as the performers sought their blessing before the start of the performance. The main attraction of the programme was the Geeta Vadya for which students of vocal and instrumental music created a medley in the rhythm of Carnatic music. The bharatanatyam performance with choreography by S Premnath, the founder of the institution, was well received by the Raasikas (as members of the audience were termed).
The programme was a combination of art, music and dance on one platform, with students getting an opportunity to display their talent and skills. The showstopper was the presence of Va Ve Su and Devika. The event was a success, a testimony to the students’ dedication, hard work and passion.