REDONDO BEACH, CA – Sarika Bhakta, student of Viji Prakash, the founder-director the Shakti School of Dance, performed her Bharata Natyam arangetram at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center here, on Aug.23. She began with the traditional invocation to Lord Ganesh, to lyrics adopted from a Hindi bhajan.
The performance concluded with the Thillana and the Mangalam, which the dancer dedicated to her late grandfather. The musicians at the arangetram were Vanathy Raghuraman (vocal), Mahesh Swamy (flute and vocals), Shiva Ramamurthi (violin) and Lingaraju Lee (mridangam). Sarika is a recent graduate of Whitney High in Cerritos and is now a freshman at New York University.