Source: indianewengland.com; Author: Nagendra Rao; Photo Courtesy: indianewengland.com

An Arangetram is the initiation of a dancer’s performing career.  It is his or her first formal dance presentation to the audience.  About 450 guests, friends and families from all over the U.S. and India gathered to see this performance at Ashland High School on September 28. Nilanjana’s performance throughout the event was characterized by an effortless command over her steps and her finesse in expression or abhinaya.  The Nattuvangam to Nilanjana’s dance footsteps was provided by her mother, making this Arangetram even more unique.  Nilanjana has been learning Bharatanatyam from her mother, who’s the founder of Lasya School of Dance in Shrewsbury, Mass.

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