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April 1, 2009 > Bharatanatyam Arangetram

Bharatanatyam Arangetram

By Praveena Raman

Indumathy Ganesh, artistic director of Nrithyollasa Dance Academy in Fremont will be presenting her disciple Neha Jain's Bharatanatyam Arangetram on Sunday, April 5.

Bharatanatyam, a classical dance of South India, can trace its roots back to the dramatic treatise Natya Shastra written in 400 B.C. This dance form consists of three basic elements: rhythm, expression and dramatization and forms a means of retelling the history, mythology and traditions of India. Music by a live orchestra forms an integral part of this dance form.

Arangetram which in the Tamil language means "ascending the stage" has been mentioned as far back as the third century in the Tamil classic Silappadikaram, by Prince Ilango Adigal. It marks the culmination of many years of intense training in the elements of this art form.

An Arangetram is performed when the teacher decides a student is physically and mentally ready to be presented to the public with a 2 1/2 hour solo dance performance. Neha has undergone rigorous training in this art form for the past 10 years under the tutelage of her guru Indumathy Ganesh and will be completing her initial training with her Arangetram. During the course of the training Neha has performed in various community programs including "Reflections" which was presented by the Nrithyollasa Dance Academy. Recently she along with her dance group had won an award in the OSAAT (One School at a Time) dance competition. Besides Bharatanatyam, Neha has also trained in Kathak, a classical dance from North India, and in Hindustani classical music. A senior at Mission San Jose High School, Neha is an accomplished piano player and a National Merit Scholar finalist. Neha will be accompanied in her Arangetram by Bay Area's leading artists Asha Ramesh (vocal), N. Narayan (mridangam) and Shanti Narayan (violin) forming the orchestra.

For more information, please email

Bharatanatyam Arangetram
Sunday, April 5
Ohlone College's Jackson Theatre
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
(510) 226-6200


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