“Bhaavaarpanam” festival is a tribute to the life and works of Guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer. Kala Sadhanalaya organises a yearly line up of dance recitals as a homage to the great meastro.

On 28th September, 2014 at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore Hon’ble Justice Smt. Prabha Sridevan presided over Bhaavaarpanam. Kalaimamani Smt. Suguna Purushothaman was honoured and felicitated by Sri. P. S. Narayanaswamy and Smt. Nandini Ramani. Kum. K R Manasvini presented  “Suguna Margam” compositions of  Smt. Suguna Purushothaman and was accompanied by Smt. Gayatri Prasanna. This was followed by a Bharata Natyam margam in the Melattur style by the students of Kala Sadhanalaya.

Bhaavaarpanam 2015 was held on 7th, 9th and the 19th of August. On the 7th of August, Smt. Seetha Ravi, editor Kalki presided over the inauguration. Following which there was a dance presentation by Smt. Anjana Anand. The day concluded with “Param”, the Ultimate, a presentation by the students of Sridevi Nrityalaya. The second day day, 9th of august began with a presentation by the students of Kala Sadhanalaya followed by “Kolaru Padigam” choreographed by Smt. Chitra Visweswaran in the august presence of H. H. Vithamma. The final day of the festival showcased “Laya Nirupanam” a duo presentation by Smt. Revathi Ramachandran and her daughter Kum. Manasvini Ramachandran. Smt. Sonal Mansingh and Smt. Nandini Ramani presided over the function. Smt. Gowri,senior student of Guru Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer was felicitated.


Our most recent Bhaavaarpanam was held on 20th and 21st of August. Dr. R. Nagaswamy, former director, Archeological Survey of India presided over the function. Sri. D. S. Aiyellu, Dress maker and costume designer was honoured. On the 20th, Mahalakshmi Ashwin’s troupe presented “Lava Kusha” a Sangeetha Natya Rupakam. Saindhavi Venugopal, disciple of Smt. Revathi Ramachadran was showcased in a solo recital on the 21st following which students of Revathi performed “Aayar Kula Thiilakam”

Each year we put up deserving dancers and choreographers in our festival. To apply Click here.