Chennai city's dance fraternity came together to celebrate fifty years of a dance-based vision that the Narasimhacharis of this city, they made their home long ago have nurtured this far.
On August 4, Vasanthalakshmi not only recreated the creative designs of her late husband-guru-dance partner but added her own to present what many present at the Narada Gana Sabha auditorium felt was one of the best shows of classical dance in recent times.
There were many shows within shows. And each guest had his or her own wow moment. Dance guru Sasirekha Raammohan chose 'Kalingathu Parani' starring some excellent male Bharatanatyam dancers. "We saw late Narasimhachari's vision unfold that Sunday evening," she said.
It was a community effort. Dancers of Kalaksehtra alumni group, of gurus Sheela Unnikrishnan, Anitha Guha and Sasirekha Rammohan, of Madhusudhan and Narendra Kumar besides others performed to the choreography of the jubilee's masters.
There were a host of special guests - Padma Subramaniam, the Dhananjayans, C. V. Chandrasekhar, Chitra Visweswaran, 'Vikku' Vinayakram, Rajkumar Bharati, Sudha Raghunathan, O. S. Arun, Kalakshetra gurus Jayalakshmi, Prof. Janardhanan, Prof. Balagopalan, Kala Ramesh, Savithri Jagannatha Rao, composers and scholars such as Kavignar Ponnadiyan, Dr. Raghuraman and actress-dancer Shobana.
In the lobby, a photo gallery was mounted - showcasing rare photographs and video footage of the Narasimhacharis. This was curated by the gurus' daughters Lavanya and Lasya and executed by architect and well wisher Sumana Dinesh.