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TRIBUTES TO THE GREAT MENTOR

Thursday, April 25, 2019
By Vijay Shanker

Sarfojiraje Bhonsle Centre and SOCH - Save Our Cultural Heritage observed the 99th birth anniversary of the veteran mentor Acharya Parvati kumar with Smuritisumanjali programme of Bharata natyam at mini P.L Deshpande auditorium;

On the occasion senior disciples of the great mentor presented their disciples in varied items from the Bharata Natyam repertoire. The senior Bharata Natyam exponents whose disciples performed were Guru Kirti Naik, Dr Sandhya Purecha, Paul Shastri from Bangalore and Tejaswini Lele. The pogramme commenced with the performance with the disciples of Tejaswini Lele, Grishma Lele and Akshay Ayre. While Grishma performed Alarippu with precise and neat movements, Akshay Ayre scored quite well in the Jatiswaram forming a fine synthesis of music,melody and rhythm.executed with distinct movements.

Chitra, Pushkar and Suhani, disciples of Dr Sandhya Purecha performed the Varnam revealing their command over expressions and movements; Shefali and Chaitali Shah, disciples of Guru Kirti Naik performed Jakkini and Geetam of Lord Krishna with ease and subtle expressions. The extempore performance of the Alarippu by 84 year old Suna Desai was the highlight of the programme, she was among the foremost of his disciples who had her Arangetram in 1956.

Acharya Parvati Kumar was a veteran mentor and and scholar with several disciples to his credit. His particular research on the Marathi compositions of the Maratha rulers in Tanjavur is considered his greatest contibution. The programme concluded with the performance of Nandini Kamath, disciple of Parul Shastri and disciple of Guru Venugopal Pillai - Geetanjali. Dignitaries present on the occasion were Sumatai Parvati Kumar, Kathak exponent Sunayana Hazrilal and Guru Venugopal and Jayshree Paillai Kudos to Dr Sandhya Purecha for organising this rare tribute programme.

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