Sri Rama Charitham on July 16, 2017 at Westfield High SchoolDancers: Dr. Rajendra Kedlaya, Smt. Aparna Satheesan, Kum. Jwala Rejimon, Smt. Savitha Venkatapathy, Kum. Karnika Mehrotra, Kum. Madhumita Rajendra
Nattuvanar : Smt. Savitha Venkatapathy
Master of Ceremony: Dr. Anindita Sen
Musicians: Vocalists : Smt. Geetha Navanithan and Sri.Sai Rathinasabapathy, Mridangam : Sri.Ganesan Gajendran, Violin : Sri.Jayaprakash Pakala, Flute : Sri.Nataraj Gunda, Tabla: Dr. Amudhan Venkateswaran
Video : Hari Prasad, Mohan Devaraju
Photo: Sreehari Sivasubramaniam, Sudip Das, Kannan Natarajan
Stage Audio & Light : Raghavendra Tadagini, Uday Murthy, Rajesh Venkatapathy
Artists Make-up: Roopa Rajendra, Vidya Bettegere, Lakshmi Kannan, Rani Rejimon
Decorations: Smitha Sharma, Anand Sharma, Padma Ramaswamy, Lakshmi Kannan, Vani Sharma, Anitha Sharma
Food Volunteers: Sath Annamalai, Babu Ambat, Rajendra Govindaswamy, Ravi Dinakaran, Kaushal Bhargav, Padma Ramaswami, Sreekesh, Sinu Paul, Swaminathan Pillai, Raghu Palde, Ashok Pillai, Lalitha Palde, Bindu Nair, Sanjay Kalluparambil, Anjali Pillai, Rishi, Ardhit
Front Desk: Geetha Babu, Renju Swaminathan, Mehernaz Mathur, Roopa Rao, Smitha Kalluparambil, Lakshmi Palde
Brochure Distribution: Lasya and Akshara Amudhan
Assures: Divya Annamalai, Niveda Dudlur, Nikhil Palde
Sri. Rajendra Kedlaya
Kum. Jwala Rejimon
Kumari Jwala Priyadarshini Rejimon, the founding member of Nrityapriya Fine Arts Inc.,completed her Arangetram in August of 2015 with her guru Smt. Mangala Anand, who teaches the Vazhuvoor style of Bharatanatyam. After the completion of her Arangetram, Jwala proceeded to learn under the esteemed Guru Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao, alumni of Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts and direct disciple of Guru ‘Padma Bhushan’ Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale. Jwala also learns from the Kalakshetra Professor, Smt. Nityakalyani Vaidhyanathan, who was the disciple of the celebrated Abinaya exponent Guru ‘Padma Bhushan’ Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, for over 30 years. Jwala’s dancing has also been groomed by Guru Smt. Rhadha Ramanathan, the younger sister in the dancing duo of Kamala and Rhadha, who were taught by Vazhuvoor Ramaiyah Pillai and featured in several 1900’s films.
Jwala’s vigorous training paid off as she went on to perform at various prestigious sabhas in Chennai, including Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, R.K. Swamy Auditorium, and T.N. Rajarathnam Pillai Auditorium. She also received the opportunity to perform at the Karur Natyanjali Festival and at the esteemed platform of the Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival, where she received many praises as a young and upcoming artist. Jwala was also featured and broadcast live on the Nadaneerajanam series at Thirupathi, and has been featured on Kalaignar TV twice as part of their Natya Utsavam series. In 2016, Jwala became a prizewinner of the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Bharathanatyam Competition, thus winning her a place in the 2017 Srimad Bhagavatham dance productions. She took a break from Purdue University for one semester to go to India and participate actively in the production rehearsals and the tour, as well as to refine her solo dancing with a focused and vigorous approach. The Srimad Bhagavatham tour gave Jwala the opportunity to bond with several other dancers in the production, most of whom were from Chennai. The influence of her guru’s and her love for dance have inspired Jwala to aim towards spreading knowledge and a love for classical arts throughout the younger generations of Indian children who grow up in America without much exposure to the richness of Indian culture.
Karnika has been fortunate to learn Kathak under Guru Anindita Sen for 4 years. She began her training in Chicago at age 5 under Guru Gauri Jogh and then continued for 7 years under Guru Sheetal Dhanani. Karnika has performed Kathak at various cultural and school events over the last 4 years. She attended a workshop in New York under Pt. Birju Maharaj ji and Saswati Sen in 2016, which culminated in two performances at Madison Square Garden. In August of 2016, Karnika completed her Rang Manch Pranam, or Kathak graduation. Since then, she has debuted her first original choreography and performed at numerous events.
Karnika is also a part of the swim team and costumes crew at Park Tudor School, where she is currently a senior.