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Vaidehi Subramanyan performing a Natarajanjali in James Rogers: Tunnelvision ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Vaidehi Subramanyan is a Canberra-based bharatanatyam dancer. After learning bharatanatyam and carnatic vocal from a young age, she has recently spent an extended period of time focussing on bharatanatyam in Chennai, and has performed in Chennai, Sydney and Canberra. She is currently learning under guru K.P. Yesodha of Chennai. Here, she performs a Natarajanjali, an invocation piece typically performed at the start of a bharatanatyam program. The piece is dedicated to and depicts Lord Nataraja, the God of dance, a form of the god Shiva. The dance inherently and in its depiction relates with the sculptures around. The beauty of the god Shiva is much like the beauty of the ocean: primal, expansive, constantly chaotic and unpredictable. Just as Shiva represents destruction and renewal, the ocean is in an eternal relationship of destruction and renewal with the shore. The piece is choreographed by the Dhananjayans and is in raagam Naatai, thalam Adi.

Vocal – N Sasidharan
Mridangam – Vedakrishnan
Violin – Kalaiarasan
Flute – Sunil

The Drill Hall Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.