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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Chennai: The Mylapore Trio Surendranath, Amarnath and Aparna , Sugathan and members of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation celebrated Margazhi at Srirangam through music and dance recently.

Every year they make a pilgrimage cum cultural tour to Srirangam during this month. Immensely inspired by the sanctity and artistic divinity of the Ranganathaswamy temple which is considered the most sacred Vaishnavite temple and a treasure house of art and architecture, they decided to bring them to limelight through divine dance.

Dancer Sugathan presented signature dance postures on Lord Ranganatha from the songs Yen Palli Kondeer Ayya Sri Ranganatha composed by Arunachala Kavirayar, and Rangapura Vihara composed by Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

It was conceived and presented at the famous Sesharayar Mandapam near Vellaiyammaal Gopuram and 1000 kaal mandapam which is impregnated with rich sculptures, carvings including more than life size statues Sugathan belonging to the Nayak period.

"I was much inspired by these stone poetries and brought them out through dance postures to highlight these historical treasures. It is also a way of offering our devotion and loyalty to the Lord Narayana at his first abode amongst the 108 Divya Desams. I have a special connection to Srirangam. Chera Kula Valli (belonging to Kerala my native place ) the daughter of Kulasekhara Alwar and devadasi was given in marriage to Lord Ranganatha and fi nally attained His lotus feet at this sacred temple. I feel a connection to my roots here," said Sugathan.

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