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Asthana Arts of Central Market presented Hindu New Year Showcase

13th April , Kuala Lumpur - Varsha Pirappu, the New Year in Tamil Nadu, is observed on the first day of Tamil month Chithirai. Chitirai is the first month in the Hindu Calendar. Tamilians also refer the New Year as Puthandu Vazthukal meaning 'Happy New Year.' In 2008, the date of Hindu New Year is April 13 , Sarvadhari year.
In conjunction with this year’s Hindu New Year, The Central Market & Asthana Arts Dance Studio presented “ Samarpanam” , a dance showcase on Indian Arts. Samarpanam means “Offering” , and this time arts and culture was offered for the KL community and Tourists . “Samarpanam” was officiated by Kow Shi Li, the General Manager of Central Market, Leena Mohan , the famous Odissi Dance Icon from India and Jayanthi Jaggarao by lighting up the Brass lamp, Kutthuvilakku.
“We want to showcase of more Malaysian Arts and Culture via such program. Being a new tenants & partner with us, we are glad that Asthana Arts is driving towards to CM’s objective and vision. In future, CM is planning more of this kind of events during every major festival, concentrating on smaller celebrations as well” said Kow Shi Li.

The Event started with an invocatory homage to Ganesha the elephant headed god, the remover of the obstacle. This was a Bharathanatyam piece titled Mukshigavagana. Then it was followed by variety of Odissi & Bharathanatyam dance items. Paal Vadiyum Mugan, featuring Asthana Arts Artist Sarasawathy and 5 year Parveena, mesmerized the crowd of the small girl’s portrayal of Krishna. Black Body, a choreography by Lakshman Balakrishnan featuring Melissa and Jezz, experimented Odissi and Contemporary movements, while Kuna and Rama flaunted their feathers for a  peacock dance which made the crowd wild and excited to see those beautiful majestic movements. Lawrence Sacris presented ‘Kalyana Pallavi’ an Odissi piece on heroism, and this dance piece involved so much of energy and stamina. 20 Asthana Arts Artist performed in front of 200 over audience at that night. Even though the songs are based on Tamil, Oriya and Kannada, the English narration eased the audience to understand the meaning of the dances clearly.

According to Ravi Shanker, The Artistic of Asthana Arts “ Samarpanam was Asthana Arts first production, an we are planning to produce more of such concepts in future. Looking at today’s crowd, Malaysian audience is now being more appreciative of performing Arts. Asthana Arts also will be focusing on Malay and Chinese performing Arts elements. We gearing up our plans with the assistance Wong Kit Yaw and Hamid Chan”

The Event ended with a contemporary Mangalam, a finale piece by all the dancers. Shi Li garlanded all the dancers for their effort of preserving arts and presenting it to the community. Gertrude Marshell a tourist from Germany was impressed of tapestry of Malaysian performance and she is planning to bring her, family next time she visits Kuala Lumpur. According to Ahved from Saudi Arabia, the movements, the costumes and foot works of Indian Classical dance is breathtaking and his lucky to get hold the performance as this was his first time to Central Market.

Asthana Arts is a studio that offers dance classes of Malaysian Ethnic dance such as Zapin, Chinese Classical and Folk, Bharatathanatyam , Odissi as well concentrating Yoga, Jazz and contemporary dance. Asthana Arts also dancers who are into performing arts as part of the studio’s performing artist. For further info, those interested can log on to or 03 – 2031 8004.

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