New Delhi: To mark 27 years of its set up
Delhi-based cultural centre Kalaikoodam put together a specially choreographed show by noted Bharatanatyam danseuse
The event was inaugurated in the capital last evening by Union Law Minister Verrappa Moily.
An episode from the epic Mahabharata describing the
adventures of Lord Krishna as a child was performed by Vardhan
and her disciplines.
"I performed from an episode called Panchali Sabadam,
where the Pandavas stake and loose Draupadi in a game of dice.
I have focused on her reaction when Lord Krishna saves her
from being disrobed by Dushasana," Varadan, a Padmasree
awardee and the founder-director of `Kalaikoodam`, told PTI.
The music rendered in Ragamalika, a combination of
several ragas such as Kanakapriya, Mohanam, Aarbi, Kalyani
etc was provided vocal support from Rajagopal.
A composition by 13th century musician Purandara Dasa,
considered to be one of the "father of carnatic music" was
also one of the items in which Varadan and her disciples
The song is a description of a mythological episode on
how a young Krishna overpowered Sheshnaag, the 1000-headed
The second day of the celebrations would be marked by
Carnatic music recital by Chennai-based vocalist TV
Entry is free to all the events in the two-day
cultural festival being held in the national capital.
"Since the institution is for promotion of art,culture
and literature, we are keeping the events free for the public.
Everyone is invited," says Varadan
Kalaikoodam was founded by Komala Varadan in the
capital in 1983 with Dr L M Singhvi as its first Chairman.
The Registered Society and voluntary organisation is mainly
sustained by public donations and charity.
However, the artiste feels classical forms of dance
and music are not being promoted in the popular channels of
"Whether it is radio or television, I dont find even a
single programme where children are encouraged to compete in
classical music or dance. All the competitions are about
either western dance or filmy music. Our culture is not about
just Bollywood. Why not have competitions or programmes for
Carnatic and Hindustani or Bharatanatyam dance," she
"Parents encourage their children for classes in French, German and all such languages. But do these children
even speak their mother tongue properly. We all are
responsible for cultivating the interest for classical forms
of arts among our children. Of course, self-motivation is a
very important factor," she says.