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.