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Tamilisai Naatya Vizha (Tamil Music and Dance Festival)

February 13, 2018

Photo Credit: Harmohan Walia. Tamil Arts and Culture Association Inc (TACA, Sydney) organised the Tamilisai Naatya Vizha (Tamil Music and Dance Festival) with the support of Rasika Dance Academy, Sydney on Sunday 11th February at Castle Hill High School. Highlight of this festival was the first-time performance by the renowned Bharatanatyam dancer “Kalaimamani” Dr Narthaki Nataraj. Narthaki is a disciple of Tanjore Shri K P Kittappa Pillai. She learnt and practiced under him in Gurukul (Full time residential) for 14 years and specialized in the Tanjore style Nayaki Bhava tradition. She also trained under him on rare compositions as was practiced in ancient Tamil Temples. Narthaki believes in maintaining and propagating the pristine purity of the Nayaki Bhava tradition. In that process, she has been able to elevate audiences to a higher plane. Many audiences have been moved to tears and some have reported divine experiences during her shows. Her stoic courage and steadfast determination in the face of societal hurdles as a member of the third gender, have added more inspiration and expression to her Jeevathma’s pursuit of Paramathma (God). She has performed at all leading festivals in India, USA, UK and Europe and recently received the Puraskar Award from The President of India and a Senior Fellowship from Dept. of Culture, Govt. Of India. As a mark of her devotion to the divine dancer Lord Shiva, she has named her institution “Velliyambalam School of Dance”. Here, along with her friend Ms Sakthi Bhaskar, she trains many Indian and foreign students on the traditional repertoire as handed down to her by her guru. DesiAustralia.com-“Keeping You Connected”


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