Source: thehindu.com; Author: Parshathy J Nath; Photo Courtesy:K. Ananthan and S. Siva Saravanan

Natyanjali once again brought dancers to Perur where their performances were nothing short of a spiritual experience. The ancient Perur Temple reverberates with the sound of salangais and temple bells. It is not quite a regular day for the devotees. Instead of returning home after their evening pooja, they will wait for dusk when Natyanjali takes off. It is the annual three-day dance festival, organised by The Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis and the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. From a mandapam like structure near the temple Archana Murali, danseuse and founder of Shastra Temple of Dance, emerges, clad in a glimmering Bharatanatyam costume. Her recital kickstarts the festival.

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'Vande Shambum' , a Bharatanatyam thematic presentation by Sheela Unnikrishnan's Sree Devi Nirthyalaya. Photos: K. Ananthan and S. Siva Saravanan