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To celebrate 25 years of her dance school Saila Sudha as well as to present her annual dance festival Nritya Sangama, Sailaja mounted an ambitious celebration of Bharatanatyam spread over 3 weekends of September at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai. The programs featured the Bharatanatyam stalwarts as well as respected performers / teachers of the dance form.

The festival took off on Sept 14 with a presentation by senior as well as junior students of Saila Sudha. The seniors presented a pushpanjali with diyas and an item on Muruga in Nilambari raga, “Senthil mevum deva deva Siva bala.” The little girls were cute in the jathiswaram in Rasikapriya ragam as Sailaja guided them with her nattuvangam.  The group concluded with a thillana on Kanchi Kamakshi. Girija Ramaswamy (vocal), Shaktivel (mridangam), MS Kannan (violin) and Nataraj (flute) provided accompaniment.

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