September 8th 2018
‘Sakhyam’ a Bharatanatyam dance was presented by ‘Trayi’ with Anuradha Venkataraman, Radhika Ramanujan & Ramaa Venugopalan. It was the first dance performance to be held at Courtyard Koota. The theme of the river personifying friendship was the most striking element of the story and felt very relevant for our times, when creating awareness about the environment is the need of the hour. Perhaps a greater sensitivity to the environment is possible through the arts?
Sakhyam, the production celebrates an eternal friendship of Krishna with Yamuna. A friendship that existed when all other relationships of Krishna slowly melted away with time and circumstances. Her gentle flow around him acted as his consciousness that reiterated to him that he was just not a miracle man but a God, a God who in his mortal life will take immense pain and give eternal Joy, and she would be always around him to do so.
Performed by Anuradha Venkataraman, Radhika Ramanujan & Ramaa Venugoplan
Anuradha Venkataraman has been a Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher for over 15 years. She has been trained in the style of Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Padmabhushan Dr. Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. She is impaneled with the ICCR and is an ‘A’ graded artiste of Doordarshan. Apart from performing Anuradha is engaged with SPIC Macay conducting Workshops and demonstrations in various parts of the country. She is deeply interested in exploring the history, evolution, and boundaries of Bharatanatyam. Anuradha conducts her dance classes in North BangaloreAnuradha’s dance impresses not just through its impeccable technique but also through its passion, commitment, and endurance. Her performances have been praised by critics and rasikas alike.
Radhika Ramanujan began her journey in dance in Bharatanatyam at a tender age of 7, and she further honed her skills under the guidance and tutelage of inimitable dancer couple Guru Shri Kiran Subramaniam and Smt. Sandhya Kiran of ‘Rasika’ Bangalore. After her ‘Arangetram’ in 1993, Radhika delved further into her passion for Bharatanatyam and rose to new heights performing on several prestigious platforms in India and abroad. Scholarships and honors adorned her mantel. She is graded artist of Doordarshan and has performed extensively and won accolades. Memorable performances, to name a few have been at EFCEP series conducted by the ICCR, Kinkini Nrityotsava, Udupi Dance festival, International Dance Alliance festival at Delhi, Hyderabad, Mysore, Chennai, Hampi Utsava, Delhi International Art festival, Virasat festival and many more. She has been an active participant in the programmes put forth by Ananya a non-profit organization based out of Bangalore which provides a platform for enthusiastic upcoming and established artists. She also imparts training to enthusiastic students at her school of the dance named ‘Kalaranga’ in Malleswaram
Bangalore based Ramaa Venugopalan has been practicing dance for over two decades now. Her tryst with Bharatanatyam started when she was just four years old. As a student of dance, she has taken on many roles, both on and off stage; she has viewed it as a student, teacher, mentor and an observer. Two decades on, she says dance has become an integral part of her being.