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Bharatanatyam Arangetram Performance by Shruta Sarath Gopalan - July 2017


Bharatanatyam Arangetram Performance by
Shruta Sarath Gopalan

Disciple of
Guru (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran

Saturday, 29 July 2017
6:30 p.m.
Chinmaya Mission Auditorium
89 Lodi Road, New Delhi

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ACCOMPANYING ARTISTS:
Nattuvangam : Guru Geeta Chandran; Vocals: Smt. Sudha Raghuraman; Mridangam: M.V. Chander Sekhar; Flute: Anirudh Bharadwaj; Violin: Raghavendra Prasath;

Lights: Milind Srivastava
Make-Up: Brij

Photography: Inni Singh

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Arangetram is an important occasion in the career of any Bharatanatyam dancer. After several years -- decades even -- of arduous training, when the Guru is confident that the disciple can sustain a solo performance, the Arangetram is announced.

The Arangetram thus is an honour to the Guru; a momentous rite of passage, it marks the first milestone in the disciple’s journey into the ocean of Bharatanatyam.

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THE DISCIPLE: SHRUTA SARATH GOPALAN
Shruta has been artistically inclined from a very tender age and she took to learning classical dance at Natya Vriksha under the tutelage of Guru (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran with whom she has been training for the last 13 years.

As part of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company, she performed recently at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of BYST’s Silver Jubilee presided over by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Other notable events where Shruta performed were for the 2017 Youth Festival organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, the ABU International Dance Festival 2017 and the Border Security Force (BSF) annual gala. She was also part of the troupe of opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Shruta has frequently accompanied her Guru in several SPIC-MACAY lecture-demonstrations.

Passing out of The Mother’s International School, New Delhi, Shruta was recipient of the Shraddha Memorial Award for outstanding cultural contribution to the school.

Later, as a B.Com (Hons) student from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai, she won accolades in dance at many inter-collegiate competitions.

Shruta is now pursuing LLB (Bachelors in Law) from the Campus Law Centre (CLC), Faculty of Law, Delhi University. At CLC Shruta has been actively involved in the development of the Theatre Society- Tarkash and participated in several street plays dealing with social issues like women’s and child rights, that have been much appreciated. She also dabbles in photography and painting in her spare time.

In her academic pursuit she has assisted HelpAge India in the PIL on rights of the elderly. In the future Shruta intends to pursue Masters in Law.




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