Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dancing before the nandi . . .

Sugathan Mohandass, Secretary of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation and fostered by “The Mylapore Trio” – S. Amarnath, S. Surendranath, S. Aparna, performed in front of “Adhikaara Nandhi Vahanam” on [27-3-2015] for the famous song “Kaana Kankodi Vendum… Adhikaara Nandhi Sevaithanai” (a Tamizh Keertanam composed by Papanasam Sivan, specifically on this “Adhikaara Nandhi Utsavam” on the 3rd day of Panguni Brahmotsavam of Lord Kapaleeswara - Mylapore).

A special Pooja is organized on the previous night of the “Adhikaara Nandhi” Festival every year by the “Thandarai Vaidhyar” Family – donors of the silver kavacham of the Adhikaara Nandhi Vahanam (1917).

 This family has been closely associated with The Mylapore Trio’s foster parents Late Sumukhi, Rajasekharan and their grand mom, Nagammal for many generations. All the girls of the donor’s family were the students of Sumukhi, who was the Headmistress of the Lady Sivaswami Aiyar Girls High School, Mylapore. 

The present Grand Old Lady of this family Parvathi Ammal is a nonagenarian. The family hosted Sugathan to perform on this auspicious occasion. This is the third consecutive year he is performing in front of this Adhikaara Nandi.

Sugathan holds a masters degree in communication from the University of Madras. He is Bharatanatyam dancer, also well versed in Mohiniyattam and Kathakali. He hails from a family of Mohiniyattam dancers and is also an alumnae of Kalakshetra.  

He felt that it was a divine experience to perform in front of “Adhikara Nandhi”, more so for that very apt song.
Jayanthi Swaminathan, another member of the Foundation sang this beautiful song with her mellifluous voice on this occasion.

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