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The Inaugural of the Delhi Shaakha thus marked a milestone in the History of ABHAI which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary this year.
The function commenced with an Invocation by Uma Sathyanarayana, Executive Committee Member of ABHAI. This was followed by the Welcome Address by the President of ABHAI Smt. Roja Kannan. Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan, Founder -President "Ganesa Natyalaya" then formally launched ABHAI Delhi Shaakha and offered her felicitations.
She recollected her association with ABHAI which was almost 30 years and assured her co operation and support to take things forward in ABHAI, Delhi.
Smt. Geeta Chandran, Founder President Natya Vriksha , Co Ordinator of the Delhi Shaakha then elaborated on the Vision of ABHAI and the different ways in which the whole fraternity of Artistes can benefit from being in ABHAI.
The Senior artistes and Gurus from Delhi were then felicitated.
Dr. Jayalakshmi Eashwar, a very SeniorAcharya in Delhi than came up and shared her experiences at ABHAI.
Our Vice President Smt. Priya Murle then proposed a Vote of Thanks.
The whole function was beautifully and crisply compered by Smt. Ragini Chandrasekar.
The Performances of the students from various schools then commenced.
Students of Ganesa Natyalaya came in first.
After which students of Smt. Jayalakshmi Eashwar performed a vibrant kirtanam.
The ABHAI Chennai Executive Comittee members along with the President next presented the Thanjavur Quartett varnam in Bhairavi ragam and Rupaka thalam.This was greeted with a very good response from the discerning audience of Delhi.
After the varnam students of Smt. Ragini Chandrasekar presented a beautiful kirtanam which was followed by the Thillana by the Natya Vriksha students of Smt. Geeta Chandran.
The performances ended with all the artistes coming together on stage and reciting the Mantram "Poornamadha Poonamidhim" from the Rig Veda.
The Inaugural function thus ended on an auspicious and meditative note.
The audience response was very good and all present felt a sense of great satisfaction and happiness.