• Nisha


    • Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form of South India, said to have originated in Tanjavoor in the state of Tamil Nadu around 1000 BC. The dance is usually accompanied by classical Carnatic music. It has its inspirations from the sculptures from the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharatanatyam, as the name depicts is a combination of: BHA- Bhava (expression), RA- Raaga (music) and TA- Tala (rhythm). This dance form is a version of artistic yoga which involves the movements of the body parts in a very artistic and elegant manner.
    • Arangetram

    • Arangetram is the debut on-stage performance by a Bharatanatyam student after undertaking years of training. This is a Tamil word which is derived from two words: Aranga which means a raised stage and Etram which means ascending, thus it represents the graduation ceremony where the Guru presents his/her pupil to the public.
  • An Arangetram is a test for the student as well as the Guru as the Guru's knowledge and the student's talents are judged by the public. Therefore, an Arangetram is performed only when the Guru feels that the student is capable and talented enough to perform. Such a performance is usually 2 1/2 to 3 hours long and the performer must have a lot of stamina and concentration. The accompaniments include the singer, the mridangam player, the violinist, and nattuvangam. Other instruments like the veena and flute are optional. A typical Arangetram repertoire will consist of the following dance items: Pushpanjali, Padam, Varnam, Javali, Kurathi, Thillana and Mangalam. Some of the dances test the student's ability for story telling and the art of expression (abhinaya), while other items showcase technique and fast footwork. An Arangetram celebrates years of dedication by both the student and the teacher to this ancient classical danceform.
    • Student(Sishya) – Nisha Sambamurthy

    • Nisha is 16 years old and is currently a sophomore at the Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for 8 years under the guidance of Guru Suba Parmar. This incredible journey has not only helped her improve her Indian classical dance skills but has also positively impacted her in being passionate about something that she cares for. Her enthusiasm to help others, her understanding and love for her culture and confidence to accomplish her goals with hardwork and dedication have been inspired by her training in the art of Bharatanatyam.

    • Nisha has been dedicated to Bharatanatyam for many years and has performed in many dance programs as well as being a member of winning teams in numerous dance competitions with the Shubanjali School. In addition to dancing, Nisha is an avid tennis player. She has won a number of local, regional, and USTA tournaments and is part of the varsity team in her school. She plays the violin and is part of her school's orchestra.

    • She loves singing and has given public performances. Her favorite hobbies include baking, reading, writing, and skiing. Nisha is passionate about her community and peers. She is a member of clubs such as JSA and GSA at her school. She volunteers as a counselor in summer camps, tutors children and devotes her time to various local charity events.
  • Guru

      Teacher (Guru)-Suba Ramesh Parmar

    • Shubanjali School of Performing Arts, NJ, USA founded by artistic director Suba Ramesh Parmar in 1992, is a pioneering non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage excellence in the practice of Bharatanatyam and Indian folk dance in the US and around the world. Shubanjali's laurels extend beyond teaching, the organization has received rare reviews for its exemplary original dance productions including "Santa'N Shiva", "Splash the Wonder", "Tales of Krishna", "Chauladevi" and "Beauty and the Beast" among many others. Shubanjali has won the Outstanding Dance School Award four times in a row, as awarded by the Hindu Temple, Bridgewater at its Annual Festival and the school has been the recipient of first place awards in numerous other competitions organized by FIA, UMBC, Zalak and the Cleveland Aradhana, continuing its excellence in the field of Indian dance.Suba Ramesh Parmar is the most sought after performer, teacher and choreographer of Indian classical and folk dance in the Western Hemisphere.

    Deeply rooted in the Pandanallur style of Bharatanatyam, she combines the intricate nuances of Nritta (Pure Dance) and Abhinaya (expressions) with natural ease. Mrs. Parmar has given major performances and has won accolades all over the world. She has directed and produced several award winning mythological and contemporary dance dramas and is the recipient of many coveted awards, including the Government of India and Tamil Nadu's "Nattiya Tharagai" (Star of Dance).
    Suba Parmar is the recipient of numerous grants from Union county and NJ State Council for Arts and has been recognized for her valuable contributions to this art form. Mrs. Parmar has studios in Wayne and Scotch Plains, NJ and regularly performs and conducts workshops at Sivananda Yoga centers across the globe. Her work enables participants to comprehend the tradition and significance behind the artistic gestures and creates a visual experience by weaving the unlimited vocabulary of Indian dance into story ballads.
  • Event Details

    • Location : Ridge High School
    •                     268 South Finley Avenue
    •                     Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

    • Date         : June 30 , 2012

    • Time         : 04:15 PM

    • You are cordially invited to dinner following the program

    • Phone      : (973) 379-1860

    • Email        : nishadance2012@gmail.com 
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    I dedicate my Arangetram performance to two children's charities: Akshaya Patra and the Children's Miracle Network.I will be deeply appreciative if, in lieu of any gifts, you would consider donating to one or both of these charities that will help so many children. Please use the links below to make your contributions.
    The Akshaya Patra Foundation - http://www.foodforeducation.org/fundraisingcampaign?cid=305
    The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one of the world’s largest NGO-run midday meal programs, feeding 1.3 million children daily in government run schools in India. A public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver school lunch at a fraction of the cost of similar programs in other parts of the world. It costs Akshaya Patra only $15 to feed a child for an entire year. This meal gives these children an incentive to come to school, stay in school and provides them with the necessary nutrients they need to develop their cognitive abilities in order to focus on learning. The organization also sources its food stocks from local markets, thereby reducing costs associated with transportation and food spoilage while supporting the local economy. After reaching its initial goal of feeding one million children each school day, Akshaya Patra’s next milestone is to serve five million children daily by 2020.
    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals - http://NishaDance.kintera.org
    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals. Together, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals creates one of the strongest international children's causes in the world and provides state-of-the-art care to all children. No other organization directly impacts as many kids through care, research, and outreach programs. Locally, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals funds Children's Specialized Hospital.Children's Specialized Hospital is the nation's largest and best pediatric rehabilitation hospital. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children's Specialized Hospital currently has nine sites in New Jersey and treats over 19,000 children each year. Our funds will allow Children's Specialized Hospital to continue to serve all of the children who need them, regardless of their families' ability to pay.
  •     Thank You

    Our sincere thanks to :

    Choreography Guru Suba Ramesh Parmar
    Vocalist  Smt. Neela Ramanujan
    Flutist Sri. Shakthidar
    Mrudangam Kala Sri. N.G. Ravi
    Rhythm Pad Karthik Vydhatri
    Guitar Guru Nikhil Joshi
    Emcee Shobana Raghavan (http://music.silenttunes.net)
    Auditorium Ridge High School (268 South Finley Ave Basking Ridge, NJ 07920)
    Make-up Renu Kurien
    Decorations Bhuvana Iyer
    Audio Sy Kurian
    Lights Dave Kern
    Video/Photography Ajay Madan
    Invitations/Brochures Imaginations (www.imaginations.com)
    Website design Prudvi Raj , Meena Kothandaraman and Isabel Kummerfeldt
    Caterer Moghul Caterers
    We could not have accomplished a task of this magnitude without your help and support !