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“Jai Sri Ram” a Magnum Opus by Krishnadhwani School of Natya.

Jai Sri Ram” a Magnum Opus by Krishnadhwani School of Natya.

 

 

Smt. Gayatri Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Founder of Krishnadhwani School of Natya, along with her team of 45 dancers from across different states staged a two and half hour presentation titled “Jai Sri Ram”, an adaptation from the Goswami Tulsidas – Ram Charit Manas without intermission. The show was in aid of Children from Anbu Karangal, Kottivakkam. Dr. Sudha Seshayyan, Principal of Madras Medical College was the guest of honour. The total sum raised towards this cause was Rs 60,000 which was then handed over to Mr. Suresh, Managing Trustee, Anbu Karangal after the performance.

 

On the occasion of the 75th Birthday Celebration of her mother Smt. Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, legendry dancer of Kalakshetra fame, Gayatri said, “Dreams come to a reality when you want to make it come true. My art has become a joy as it's being performed for charity. What more do I need when my dance can make the homeless children dance within.”

 

Gayatri Krishnaveni is one of the senior dancers in Chennai Bharatanatyam scene. Gayatri has had intensive training in Bharatanatyam, Carnatic Vocal and Instrumental Veena at Kalakshetra. She has had the special guidance of Gurus S. Sharada, Sarada Hoffman and Prof. N. S. Jayalakshmi. She has travelled all over the world, enthralling the audience with her captivating stage presence and novel performances. She is also well trained in folk dances of India and Kalaripayattu Martial Art form of Kerala, special Karanas course under Dr. Padma Subramanian.

 

She is an A grade artist of the Doordarshan Kendra. Gayatri has been involved with various NGO’s and is passionate about teaching dance to the underprivileged Children. She also does dance therapy at the Children's Cancer Institute Chennai. Gayatri has been a regular participant for Jana Bharatam organised by Anma Jyothi which takes dancing to the local corporation schools. She has been acclaimed for her social themes like Leprosy, Cancer and Aids awareness, child abuse and gender equality performances. She has also been entitled with many awards namely Yuva Kala Bharathi, Bharat Kalachar, TS Parthasarathy Award, Balasaraswathi endowment award etc.

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