Source: narthaki.com; Author: Lalitha Venkat; Photo Courtesy: Lalitha Venkat

The annual week long Bharatanatyam festival (July 28 to August 2) organized by Natyarangam, the dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai, has been an educative one conveying so much knowledge to dancers and viewers alike through varied themes. The inaugural evening commenced with honouring of Guru Sudharani Raghupathy followed by conferring the Sudharani Raghupathy Endowment Award on mridangam vidwan Karaikudi R Krishnamurthy, Obul Reddy Award for senior Bharatanatyam dancer on Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari Endowment Award for talent promotion on Divya Shiva Sundar and Special Award of Excellence on 82 year old Devaraj Sanjeevi Aiyellu whose dance costumes have dazzled for 6 decades.

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