P is for Padma Subrahmanyam in #atozchallenge
Almost every year in my junior and middle school, i have witnessed minimum of one Bharatha natyam performance by Padma Subrahmanyam – it is like part of my growing up memories – watching her dance gracefully on the stage, listening to her intelligent sessions about the history of Bharatha natyam, hanging around the green room to see that lovely glimpses of her laughter with her group, following her closely on the way in and way out to the stage – wow!!!
Dr. Padma is one such accomplished women who made a little ignorant girl in me appreciate how rich a culture and heritage is bestowed in the temple town of Chidambaram – she was the one who introduced the 108 karanas (karanas are synchronized movement of hands and feet – the basis of Bharatha natyam) and their relevance. Even now when i get to the temple in Chidambarm, i have to think of Dr.Padma when i see those sculptures on the temple walls. I owe much to her – just now for her great dance performances, but also for the knowledge she shared during her demonstration sessions.
Read more about Bharatha natyam and karanas here – http://bharatanatyam.voila.net/natya_karanas.html