Here is what Divya Shankar from Madras( Chennai) says about the attendance to dance festivals during the beginning of the season this year….
“Rajeshwari sainath’s EVENING programme in sri krishna gana sabha (skgs): 30 spectators . same for odissi by sujatha mohapatra (she was great, except for some of her mukha abhinaya – coquetish) there.
skgs morning (9.00 am) dance prog – what, you expected more than two dozen spectators???
Urmila Sathyanarayanan in meenakshi college: 300 spectators. i never saw a prog by Urmila sathyanarayanan with less than 300 spectators. not as good as alarmel valli’s numbers, though 🙂 urmila is the second. she has such a refined grace!!!!! and stage presence!!! we love urmila!
Big schools like Revathi Ramachandran’s (schoolmates, relatives, and so on): 300 spectators at rama rao kala mandappam for a TICKETED prog
compare: m.sai dheera (vijay madhavan’s student) – very good dancer, at the vds arts academy she had about 80 spectators.
next day at vds: s.haritha (10 y.o. girl), cannot dance at all, but her parents brought their entire cement company (300 people?) employees! they were sleeping!!!! very funny these big clans! they make a laughing stock out of their unfit kids.
so far the corporate and political clans, and big schools are the only ones who have many (sleeping) spectators.
Was Janeni right when she wrote that live programmes are the things of the past? “- This is in reference to a previous post in Narthaki Discussion board.
Divya Shankar who was just a name for us, has now commented in this forum. She runs the blog http://bharatanatyam2dance.wordpress.com/