Established in 1980, the school has endured shifts as students move away, go to college or get married, but continues to promote the dance originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu as a powerful medium of expression which is both educational and entertaining according to Krishnamurthi. But, the founder and choreographer concedes to the need of keeping up with generational advances in dance and music styles as well as audience need for variety, and has often enhanced her performance by peppering them with Western instrumentals.The Samarpan production exemplifies the synergy between East and West with its fusion blend of music for the pushpanjali and thillana presentations. Pushpanjali is the first performance marked with an offering of flowers and salutation to Indian deities, in particular to the lord of dance, the dancer’s teacher, the musicians and the audience, while thillana, the culminating piece will showcase dancers performing in synchrony. Krishnamurthi aims to make the environment of music and dance “pleasant and enjoyable where one can glean a lot about Indian mythology, religion, history and music systems.”Natyanjali’s orchestra will be composed of Krishnamurthi on nattuvangam, Akshay Padmanabhan on vocals, R. Srihari on mridangam, the two-headed drum and Narasimhamurty Ramamishra on flute. Apart from her education in Karnatik music, Krishnamurthi has performed since the age of five with training in the Tanjor style of bharatnatyam. The school promotes solo dance debuts and thematic dance productions such as Krishna Leela, Paduka Pattabhishekam, Incarnations, Mystic Bride, and River of Dances among others.
July 12 Arangetram by Priya Chandini Sharma (Invitation Only).July 19, 5p.m. Sophia B. Clarke Theater Mt. San Antonio College 1100 N. Grand Ave.,Walnut. $20, $30, $50. Jeya Venugopalan 909-396-6872, Prabha Cadambi (714) 528-9146, www.natyanjali.org.