Source:; Author: Lalitha Venkat; Photo Courtesy: Lalitha Venkat

The 17th edition of the annual week long Bharatanatyam festival (July 28 to August 2) organized by Natyarangam, the dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai, was titled Bhoopaala Bharatham (Kings as protectors of the land and people). The recital started with a short signature tune of Bhoopaala Bharatham (that echoed through the music score) before Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon entered the stage clad in beautiful costumes in typical Kerala colors of cream and gold. The invocation was dedicated to the Lord of Ananthapuri.

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