Under the guru’s watchful eye

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Natya Kala Mandir helps keep the Bharatanatyam tradition alive in Melbourne, writes PADMA PUJAR

Natya Kala Mandir recently presented its 14th annual concert at the Kel Watson Theatre, Forest Hill College in Burwood.

Natya Kala Mandir is a Bharatanatyam dance school with a beautiful vision of spreading the Indian art of classical dance. It’s director Sujatha Surendran is well known within the Indian community, for her utmost commitment and dedication to the art form.

Artists aged from five to 25 years of age participated at event.

Students of all levels displayed their skills and captivated the audience for almost two-and-a-half hours.

Natya Kala Mandir.Indian Link

The program commenced, as per tradition, with an invocation to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and bestower of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Noteworthy was the presentation by the tiny tots of the school which was very impressive.

Thillana, Shabdam, Varnam, Allaripu and solos were presented by seniors of the school in their colourful costumes.

The chief guest C. S. Srinivasan, Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission congratulated the director and the students of the school in their efforts towards reviving and reliving the rich Indian heritage and culture.

The evening was filled with awe and applause for the skilful performances, which created profound serenity and contentment for the heart and soul.

Around 400 people were in attendance and enjoyed the evening. The event concluded with mangalam, which was performed by all.

Sujatha Surendran coaches and inspires students to challenge themselves to perform their best, and also encourages them in unfolding their full potential. Sujatha has received many awards of appreciation and talent including the recent Victorian Multicultural award for Excellence in December 2015.