I take the pleasure of informing you of the birth of Varnam -- Colours of Classical Indian Culture e.V., born on June 30, 2012.
This registered society that propagates India’s classical cultural hues, was formed as an off-shoot of years of nurturing the ‘Indische Tanzakademie’ run by me to teach Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi — the two southern Indian classical dances that I am proficient in.
My quest for reaching out to other classical forms such as Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi, Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Hindustani and Karnatak music, as also the lesser-known arts such as Kalriapattu, Theyyam, Yakshgana, etc.,to the discerning audience of the West, particularly the Germans, led me to lay foundation for the ‘ Varnam’. Apart from this, the objective of the ‘Varnam’ is to offer lecture-demonstrations and short duration/crash-courses by acclaimed artistes from India so that those interested in Germany as also other parts of West get a greater opportunity to learn different hues of Indian cultural heritage from top artistes of India, while the students stay in /around Germany.
This is also to help such students to train enough in their chosen artforms so as to become solo performers. The ‘Varnam’ is committed to social responsibilities as well. The artistes blossoming at Varnam — and those training them — intend to perform at Old Age Homes, Orphanages, Homes for differently-abled children to enliven their lives and bring them moments of happiness.
The first public performance of the Varnam on June 1, 2013 features six classical styles — Odissi(Padmashri Ranjana Gauhar), Kathak (Lokeshwari Dasgupta), Manipuri (Sanjib Bhattacharya), Bharathanatyam (Apoorva Jayaraman), Mohiniattam (Shany Mathew) and Kuchipudi I (Bharathi Avireddy) The ideals of Varnam are lofty; the association is now only at taking baby-steps. To nurture it, funds are a necessity. I, Bharathi Avireddy, as the founder-President of the association, appeal to all like-minded people, and esteemed organizations as yours, to contribute liberally, join hands and support us to collectively enthrall lovers of Indian culture and enliven lives of a vast populace.
FOUNDER AND CHAIR(WO)MAN
A professional solo dancer and teacher in Indian classical dance styles “Bharatha Natyam” and “Kuchipudi”. Born in a musician’s family, carved her own niche by forging ahead in the field classical dances, apart from dabbling in the family’s chosen path. she started learning Bharatha Natyam at the age of 9 from her first Guru “Mrs. Uma Sampath”. Her present Guru is “Mrs. A. Rama Krishna” in Visakhapatnam. She moved to Germany in the year 1994 and the thirst to classical dance encouraged her not only to perform dance but also give classes. She started “Indische Tanzakademie” in the year1997 in Wiesbaden and now teaching in Frankfurt. She has not only Indian students but also students from many European countries. Her Students appreciate for that she gives more flexibility in learning these two forms of classical dances as she believes in “Art is Divine and Divinity is love,” , anything which is done in the form of Art need to be done with a loving heart. This made her also to excel in the form of Folk dances.
In the year 1999,2004 und 2012, organised 3 Ranga Pravesams with live music, with 8 students, out of them 2 are German nationals. She has participated and invited to several programmes organised by German Indian Associations and other German cultural Associations and also in cities like Rome, Budapest and several other famous cities in Europe.
In the year 2005, became cultural secretary of only Telugu Association in Germany called Telugu Velugu Germany e.V. In the year 2006 got honoured by our Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh, for the services rendered to our culture. In the year 2009 programmes organised with live music. Special creation is to do Bhama Kalapam, kuchipudi Dance Drama with Miss.Meera Vemulakonda as Lord Krishna & Shoira(German) as Madhavi, first time in history, performed in German language retaining the cultural values and nuances as it is. It is also to be seen under videos in www.derindischetanz.de, later in the year 2013 the same drama was presented by Dr. Rayasam Vasant Kiran as Lord Krishna before the German Audience. In the year 2013, launching of new Association Varnam – Colours of Classical Indian Culture e.V., Frankfurt. Inauguration event was on 01.06.2013, successfully presented by famous artists like Padmasri Smt. Ranjana Gauhar – Odissi, President awardees Sri Sanjib Bhattacharya – Manipuri dance, Natya Ratna Awardee Ms. Apoorva Jayaraman – Bharathanatyam, Kathak with dynamic young artist from Calcutta Ms. Lokeswari Dasgupta and local artists performing other two styles, Mohiniattam, and Kuchipudi. Lately in the month june this year she has received Arya Bhatta International Awards Bangalore, in recognition of her services towards our culture in foreign countries