The performances concluded with Hanuman Chalisa (Tulsidas) in which the entire audience took part. The performers enjoyed the Mridangam support of the popular Vijyeyarajah Mylvaganam…reports Asian Lite News
KBC Arts, dedicated to perpetuate and raise the awareness of the rich Indian cultural Heritage held a successful well attended event at East Ham Mahalakshmi Temple on 29th October 2023. The evening was dedicated to exploring and acknowledging the works of 15/16th Century poets Kabir/Tulsi/ Surdas who are highly-respected Indian saints/poets/composers. This is the 13th event in the series hosted by KBC arts with, each event being dedicated to a particular poet (or a set). These events are open to all performers (& free for the audience) and particularly encourage younger generations to explore and understand these cultural gems. The performers express the poets work in any form like Carnatic music, Bharathnatyam, Kuchipudi dance or musical instruments.
Jayashree Varadarajan anchored the event with narratives from the lives of the poets and exhorted the audience to familiarise themselves with their compositions and their philosophies. Mrs. Pushkala Gopal, MBE, an eminent artist, addressed the audience and explained the mysticism of the poets and the profound influence that they had on the Bhakti movement. She deeply appreciated the commitment of the audience/ the performers and congratulated the organisers for the novel idea of holding a series of events dedicated to a specific poet. She added that this would keep the legacy alive as the compositions are refreshed in the memory of the followers.
Dances were performed by Ranjani Dharmarajan (Gaiye Ganpati Jagvandan) and two well-known artistes Sankari Mridha (Sri Ramachandra Kripalu) and Lavanya Rao (Gopi Gopala Lala), which regaled the audience. Shruti Sriram (eminent singer) and her students mesmerised the audience with three compositions– a. Akhiyan Hari Darshan ki pyasi, b.Paani Mein Meen Pyaasi and c. Bhajman Ram Charan Sukhdai. Another set of students, trained by the talented singer Padmini Pasumarthy) sang Jheeni Jheeni Beeni Chadariya, impressing the attendees. The audience were captivated by the seven-year- old Dhriti Srinath who sang Darshan do Ghanshyam. The performances concluded with Hanuman Chalisa (Tulsidas) in which the entire audience took part. The performers enjoyed the Mridangam support of the popular Vijyeyarajah Mylvaganam
The event ended with an Aarti by the temple priests. Photography and Videography was by Aaditya Kaza. The event was conceptualised, coordinated and organised by Geetha & Prabhakar Kaza founding patrons of KBC arts.