On Sunday morning, bright blue skies and a slight cool breeze welcomed the audience to witness the magnificent Bharathanatyam Arangetram of 17-year-old SR Lalithambika, daughter of K Ramkumar and G Prabha, at the Rani Seethai hall on Anna Salai. A renowned Bharatanatyam dancer from Tamil Nadu, Padma Shri Narthaki Nataraj was the chief guest of the event.
In the presence of her Guru, Kalaimamani J Suryanarayana Murthy, Lalithambika danced on various religious themes, representing Gods and Goddesses in different Taalam and Raagam, celebrating her Indian classical dance graduation.
The 17-year-old began learning the ancient and revered form of Bharatanatyam at the age of eight.
She has honed her art through years of diligent training, where she has learnt to combine perfect Nritta with expressive Abhinaya. Lalithambika captures one’s attention with her attitude that is fuelled by her strong determination.
“I totally enjoyed dancing today as it has been my passion since my childhood and today is a big day for me. I have been doing arangetram practice for a year,” said Lalithambika and further added, “I feel a lot of people today are leaving art for education while they must go hand in hand. It is our responsibility to take our arts forward to the next generation.”
Touching upon the same lines, chief guest Narthaki said dance is the intangible heritage of the state and it must be preserved and celebrated with utmost respect. She hailed the students taking up Bharatanatyam and encouraged more people to come forward.