Rajee Narayan, who handed away just lately, guided her college students in each artwork and life
Rajee Narayan, consummate natyacharya and founder-director of Nritya Geetanjali, was adored by her disciples primarily based the world over and admired by modern gurus and senior dancers.
“Easy and unassuming, she was lively even on the age of 90. I used to be lucky to partake within the silver and golden jubilee occasions of her establishment and in addition her eightieth birthday celebration. She was an ideal inspiration. We lived in shut neighborhood in Mumbai and interacted intently over the previous a number of a long time,” says veteran guru Ok. Kalyanasundaram.
Other than Bharatanatyam, Rajee Narayan gave courses in Carnatic music and nattuvangam in addition to in dance make-up and hairstyling. She has composed and printed over 200 songs together with varnams.
Able to adapt
“She taught us all facets of the artwork kind. Each second spent together with her was a studying expertise. It might be troublesome to search out one other guru like her. She was conventional but fashionable in her outlook, keen to adapt to the altering occasions,” says her senior disciple Jaishree Rao.
Jaishree remembers her final interplay together with her guru in August. “She was anxious about her ailing son, Shyam Sundar, who was in hospital, however her eyes have been alert. I felt that it will be my final efficiency in her presence.”
After her son’s demise on September 1, she moved to Delhi to stick with her foster daughter and grand niece, Mala Murali, the place she died 25 days later.
“I used to be 13 after I got here to stay with amma in Mumbai after the demise of my mom. She was a strict disciplinarian however caring and loving too,” says Mala.
“Typically she would get up in the course of the evening to jot down new compositions. Amma guided each scholar individually. She was additionally serious about gaining data about electronics, drugs and studying languages resembling Urdu and Persian,” she remembers.
Rajee Narayan guided her college students past music and dance, educating them social expertise and etiquette. She made certain there was meals for college kids who got here for sophistication straight from school. And he or she would take her college students to eating places for a deal with after performances.
“She had a stunning assortment of saris and would fortunately give them away if any scholar appreciated one,” says Mala. “My childhood recollections are principally of this dance class, the place my sister and I spent plenty of time,” says scholar Priya Natesh.
Jaya Ramamurthy is proud to have been related to Rajee Narayan for the previous 45 years. “She was my music guru and I used to sing for all her dance programmes. She was adept at writing lyrics, composing music, singing and choreography,” she says.
“A musicologist, researcher and scholar, Rajee mami was a compassionate and soft-spoken individual,” says Gayatri Subramaniam, recalling the 15 years spent together with her guru.
Like the right guru, Rajee Narayan stays embodied in her college students.
The Mumbai-based creator writes on classical music and dance.