Padmabhushan Sir CV Chandrasekhar

Parramasala 2014

Padmabhushan CV Chandrasekhar brought to Australia by his students Suresh and Shobana of Samarpana School of Dance presented his creation – ‘the Splendour of Creation’ at Lennox Theatre as part of Parramasala Festival 2014 was presided by the Master of Ceremonies none other than Kumud Merani, SBS Announcer and Broadcaster.
Despite being such an accomplished artist,  teacher, choreographer and a multi talented singer and dancer, Sir CVC as we all called him touched every one with his humility. Firstly agreeing to perform at such short notice and secondly agreeing to perform with local artists.
The orchestra consisting of three under the guidance of Sir CVC flourished adding the right musical nuances to the splendour of creation as Sir CVC took the audience into the lap of nature, the beauty of life, the sadness torment and fear that paralysis humans. Yet the human spirit remains undying ever flowering despite manmade miseries.

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Sir CVC’s bhavam, emotive ridden perfect postures, exquisite choreography were a treat to behold. His expression stays with me even today. Every student of dance in the world should spend at least some time with this awesome humble and great teacher, guru and dancer.
Pallavarajan Nagendran on Mridangam provided accurate and aesthetically pleasing rhythmic support on the mridangam, Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda on Violin provided that emotional impact to Sir CVC’s bhavam as he danced like the love birds or the swimming creatures of the sea, Chidambaram R Suresh choreographic nattavangam added amazing soundscape where it was necessary either to show the slow roll of the oncoming dark clouds or the chatter of birds. The three musicians made up for a complete orchestral act for Sir CVC.

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Thanks to Samarpana School of Dance who had worked hard to organise all his travel arrangements, lecture demonstrations and the show Svanubhavam held the following week. Thanks to Parramasala 2014 the event was a resounding success and fully attended even by the dance maestros Dhananjayans who sat in the audience.
In ‘Svanubhavam’ Sir CVC was also accompanied by a singer from Melbourne Siva Ahilan. This event was held at Wentworthville Redgum Theatre, a modest beginning for Samarpana School of Dance. However the entire dance fraternity graced the occasion with friends and family. Commencing the evening with a Krithi of Saint Thyagaraja in Ragam Sowrashtra  Adhi thalam on Ganesha, the elephant headed god, Sir CVC set the mood for a treat – perfection in execution.
He followed this piece with a Varnam in Khambhoji ragam in a composition of Nataraja Sundaram Pillai in ‘Naadhanai Azhaithe Vaa Sakhi, please bring my Lord Muruga to me oh Friend !. Expression laden with dynamic footwork and choreography the varnam was interspersed with interesting nadai’s – rhythmic structures in various speeds crisply portrayed.

 

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Pallavarajan Nagendran on Mridangam, Kranthi Kiran Mudigonda on Violin, Chidambaram R Suresh nattavangam and most of all the melodious and powerful voice of Siva Ahilan from Melbourne dressed the dance, the dancer and his story with beautiful nuances.
Defying every dancer, teacher, guru and student with his immaculate presentation and physically challenging movements Sir CVC demonstrated that with practice and dedication even at a very ripe age dancers can continue to enthrall audiences.
In workshops held in Sydney the previous week leading up to the event when dancers asked him how he maintains his aramundi his simple explanation was ‘If it hurts why do you stand up, why not go down further ?’

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At yet another class he said ‘I am not interested in teaching students pieces – I am interested in fixing and correcting posture and positioning, movement and placement – most of all I am teaching dancers Awareness’.
He followed the varnam with a well known padam ‘Vandha Kaaryam Yeh Dhaiya?’ in ragam Sankarabharanam. The heroine asking the Lord ‘Now what is your business with me ?’ He expressed the padam in different ways ..
Now what is your business with me ?
‘Now what is your business with me ?
‘Now what is your business with me ?
‘Now what is your business with me ?
[Emphasis highlighted by bold letters]
The final item was about the pranks of Little Muruga, a delightful piece rendered much like a grandfather would love his grandchild – in the composition of Pillai tamizh. Followed by a Thillana in Hamir Kalyani a composition of Sir CVC himself.
Some of the comments from educated bharathanatyam dancers in the audiencce were that they were amazed that his performance that evening did not compromise on any aspect of the true format of structure and quality of a very authentic kind of bharathanatyam. A comment from a student new to this artform was “Even when he dances to a slow rhythm he makes it so interesting. It is not about the speed”.

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