Team of artists to collaborate Bharathanatyam with Dasa Sahithya


It has been reported that a couple of dance pundits, Vidushi Akhila Chethan and Vidushi Poornima Gururaj have teamed up with a view to bringing dance and Dasa Sahithya together.

Vidushi Chethan and her husband Vidwan Chethan Hebbar had after a detailed study about Dasa Sahithya, which is Bhakthi movement's literature composed in honour of Lord Vishnu by the devotees, merged the two forms under a common title 'Dasa Margam'. This was realised in the form of an audio CD comprising ten Dasa compositions.

Vidushi Chethan said that Dasa Sahithya was an ocean in which they wished to do something innovative through dance forms, which matched the grandeur of the Dasas and Margam became the chosen structure. The Margam structure packs in it Varnam, Alarippu and Padam.   

The audio CD was released by Suvidyendra Theertha, seer of Thirumala Thirupathi Dewaswom Trust on January 16 2018, followed by a grand Dasa Margam performance organised in Bharatheeya Vidya Bhavan on 27 January.

Vidushi Chethan added that they had handpicked with care compositions such as Sharanembe Vani Poreva Kalyani and Aada Hodalle Ranga for the performance.

Kalagangothri, the dance school of Vidushi Chethan delivers a galaxy of innovative dance programmes presently and the striking factor about the institution is that it seldom believes in restricting the programmes exclusively to Indian mythology.

The school reportedly focuses on training its students in performances, which involved a blend of various classics such as Indian African and Chinese. According to her, the blend has always paid them rich dividends in form of an exemplary cultural exchange.

A UNESCO project titled 'Involve and Evolve' has also been delivered by Vidushi Chethan as part of the institution, which exhibits dance performances through unque concepts. Two of them involving the persona of Narendra Modi and Obama have impressed the audience deeply as per reports.

The Kalagangothri Foundaton started by Vidushi and Mr Chethan Hebbar is an organisation spread across New Jersy, New York and Edison, emphasising Bharathanatyam, Yoga and Carnatic music.