On Aug. 15, Rani Rejimon and Rejimon Varghese will host the Bharathanatyam Arangetram of their daughter, Jwala Rejimon. Bharathanatyam is a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu.
“This is her dance graduation. It’s classical Indian dance she’s been learning for about 10 years. It’s kind of a graduation but in India we call it Arangetram. This will be her grand performance. Most people do it to learn the Indian culture, values, dance forms and stories. Some people don’t do it because it’s an expensive venture so they do it in a smaller way but she has a real passion for it,” said Rejimon Varghese.
The event will be held at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center beginning with a meet and greet at 4 p.m. The performance will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. The family is expecting around 400 guests to attend with some traveling from India for the occasion.
“We have musicians coming from India. We have a singer, a violinist, a flutist and a mridangist. Indian Carnatic music field Sri.V V Sundaram is the chief guest and the pioneer Bharatanatyam dance guru of USA Smt.Hema Rajagopalan is the guest of honor for the occasion. We also have Sri. K P Singh, distinguished artist as the guest of honor for the event,” said Rejimon Varghese.
The performance itself lasts about two hours.
“She’ll have about nine different dances in the performance. One dance is 46 minutes. She will continuously dance for the 46 minutes. It’s testing her endurance, expressions and techniques,” said Rejimon Varghese.
Guests should RSVP. Although the event is free to attend, proceeds will go to Indiana Malayalee Association, Tamil Sangam of Central Indiana, Hindu Temple of Central Indiana and NRIscholarships.org.
For more information visit jwalarejimon.com.