Source: narthaki.com; Author: Ragothaman Yennamalli; Photo Courtesy: Silambam Houston 

Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan, a disciple of Sudharani Raghupathy, founded Silambam Houston in 2002 to propagate Indian classical arts, specifically Bharatanatyam, in the Greater Houston area. The 10th anniversary celebration of Silambam Houston was held at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Houston on 23rd September 2012. The function was graced by one of Sudharani’s senior most disciples, Smitha Magal, the founder of Silambam Dublin in Ohio. Adhering to the traditional Margam format, the event had performances by three renowned Houston based dancers. Dr. Rathna Kumar (Kuchipudi), Padmini Chari (Kalakshetra bani), and Indrani Parthasarathy (Pandanallur bani) making the evening a memorable one.

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