Life time Achievement Award conferred on Guru Kalyanasundaram Pillai

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Powai Fine Arts honoured the Doyen of Bharata Natyam, Director of Sri RajaRajeshwari Bharata Nritya Kalamandir, Natya Kalanidhi Guru Sri K.Kalyanasundaram by conferring on him the Life Time Achievement Award. The function was graced by none other than SangeetaMartand, Padmasri, Padmabhushan, Padmavibhushan Sri Pandit Jasraj, who felicitated Guruji. It was great experience to watch two stalwarts share the dais. The programme began with a rendition of Ganapathi Vandan by Sarangi Ambekar, an upcoming Hindustani vocalist. This was followed by a video on the great achievements and the inspiring life of Guru Sri. K. Kalyanasundaram.

Senior disciples of Guru Sri Kalyanasundaram performed, a traditional kavuthwam followed by a Varnam on Sri KrishnaLeela. The episode of Sudhama was well received by the audience. This was part of the Bhakthi Nritya a Bharata Natyam dance ensemble by Guruji’s disciples.

This was followed by the felicitation programme. Pandit Jasraj, Music Forum Chairperson, Vice President, Chembur Fine Arts Sri Ganesh Kumar and famous Gazal and film playback singer and a Powaite Sri Hariharan shared the dais along with Smt. Madhura Jasraj and President Powai Fine Arts Sri Swaminathan. The main felicitation to dance guru was preceded by the Presidential address and felicitations to Pandit Jasraj. Guru Sri Kalyansundaram received the award at the hands of Pandit Jasraj amidst loud cheers and appreciation from the well attended gathering. Pandit ji spoke about the close relationship he enjoyed with guruji and in turn guru Kalyansundaram thanked Pandit ji for gracing the occasion. He also thanked Powai Fine Arts for the award and wished PFA a bright future ahead.

Bhakthi Nritya continued, where in the artists performed Sri Ramachandra Krupalu Bhajaman, a Saint Tulsidas composition and Krishna nee begane baro , a Dasara pada. The programme concluded with a vibrant Tillana. With striking postures, perfect anga shuddham, brilliant coordination, intricate foot variations, the dancers captivated the audience.

The entire programme, a combination and confluence of dance, coming together of renowned personalities, inspiring speeches and awards, was a great treat to watch.


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