From Alarippu to Moksha 2015 – Closure

‘The only offering that truly enriches is the one that is made to the Divine’
Sri Subramamaniar Swamy Temple, Kuala Selangor
In celebration of its 100-year anniversary


L to R ~ Guru Vinosree Shangkar, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Dr Sujata Mishra, Bipanchi Dass,
Guru Sudha Thamothiran, Guru K. Shanmugha Sundaram, Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda
photo credit ~ Sutra Foundation . A Prathap

From Alarippu to Moksha 2015 offered its last dance on Sun 6 Dec after a 5 day intense presentations of bharatanatyam and odissi from 6 dance institutions (Sutra Dance Theatre (KL), Padma Nrityalaya (Seremban), Temple of Fine Arts (KL), Nritya Kalanjali Dance Academy (Ipoh), Narthana Fine Arts (Penang) & Nirtya Jothi Dance Academy (Ipoh) from various states of Malaysia. The mainly group presentations were sprinkled with scintillating solos from Guru Gajendra Panda, Guru Shanmugha Sundaram, Sujata Mishra, Hema Nandhini and Bipanchi Das who came all the way from Bhubaneswar and Chennai. Amidst the strong vibrational energy of the powerful Subramaniar Swamy Temple, the flickering eternal flames within each dancer’s heart transcended the mundane and found unabounding energy which each surrendered the best of herself/himself to the altar of the Divine. Each night each dancer became a patra, a sacrificial and moving offering, baring the depths of the beauty of her/his soul to the Altar of Dance.  From Alarippu to Moksha 2015 was definitely a resounding success – not just in communicating the message of bringing dance to out-of-city audience but also bringing the two temple dances – bharatanatyam and odissi – back again into the precinct of the temple! The Festival was also a great platform for new faces and new talents – obviously from the talents we witnessed, the temple became a veritable stomping ground for new stars in the making!

Sutra Foundation expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple committee for its wonderful support. Also, the various sponsors who walked the talk and came forward to support the cause of the festival, which is ultimately to empower the community with culture and arts – a community which otherwise would not have the privilege of partaking in such a feast of Dance.

We look forward to an even better and more exciting AtoM 2016!