Megha Shetty has this tradition of hosting a dance program every year with her students in San Jose bay area. That way all of them get a chance to show what they have learned and confidence to perform on the stage. It is a bliss to watch the girls blossom as dancers year after year. Hats off to guru Megha for the passion with which she runs the whole show.
This year Nritya Hriday was held at the Sunnyvale Theatre on March 19th. As usual all the dancers were at their best in the traditional bharatnatyam attire. According to the tradition, the dancers offer prayers to the god of dance, lord Nataraja and then wear their ghungroos to dance. Such as:
I was assigned the role of lining up the dancers backstage and I cannot stress enough, on how much goes into getting each dancer ready to perform on the stage. On an average, it takes up to two to three hours to get a dancer ready for the bharatnatyam performance with hair, makeup, jewelry, costume etc… until the last-minute touchups…….
This year my daughter Avantika’s group performed Alarippu, which means blooming of a flower bud. This dance form is often towards the beginning of the dance recital program because it depicts paying respect to the god and the audience.
The Alarippu group practicing backstage….
My evergreen friend Meena and her stunning dance group
The pushpanjali group
With guru Megha…happy for the achievment
Me the proud mom…
And the paraphernalia paid off…..
Thank you Megha and all the dancers for giving us a beautiful and memorable evening once again.
Whenever I speak to my cousin sister in Mumbai India, I feel like how come she has so much time on hand to think and do insignificant things. Every time I call her, she tells me of it being some special day on the calendar and is busy celebrating it, or is always getting something specially cooked for guests coming over. As a working woman she balances her act so well with the help of her support system, which is made of only ….. 10 people. Ten minutes on the east of her house reside her parents. 20 minutes away on the west of her house live her in laws. At home, she has two baais (maids) for help with cooking, cleaning and other chores. And when all of the above eight members of her support system are not available, she avails the help of her sister or sister in law who both live pretty close by. Hmmmm….no wonder!
I am also a working woman in California, but my support system has only two pillars….one is me and other is my husband……Most of the times my husband tells me not to count on him because of his demanding work hours….So I am kind of exhausted always and whenever I yawn on the phone, she says you sound like you are sleep deprived….da! obviously……And why not, coz it is so right! I cannot make it to the bed before 12 any day of the week. I work and I drop the kids to school, and I drive them to swimming class everyday, and I cook and I clean, and I go to bed exhausted and the routine continues …..like I am in the “Java… if then loop.” As against my sister, when I am free, I am thinking of sneaking a nap, bring take out, or thinking of the next break to school. That way, I can sleep late and not worry of the packed lunch. And so much for living abroad ……
Therefore all I can wish for at this hour of the day……sorry….this hour of the night….. is a baai!