Spectacular cultural events took place in Vilnius on the 31st of March, 2019, and in Kaunas on the 29th of March, 2019. Rajyashree Ramesh Academy for Performing Arts and Dance Theatre Productions presented the bharatanatyam Arangetram of Neringa Raudytė and the bharatanatyam Arangetram of Justina Ližaitienė.

All were invited to witness a truly unique aspect of classical Indian dance tradition. In the tradition of bharatanatyam, the term Arangetram (from Tamil translates literally as „entering the stage”) refers to the dancer’s initiation to the stage as such. It is the culmination of several years of training in the classical repertoire of bharatanatyam called the Margam. The dancer presents to a discerning audience and public the dance technique, capabilities in emotive expression, the understanding of music and rhythm and overall physical stamina acquired thereby. The Arangetram is the traditional debut with which the dancer’s abilities to transmit the obtained knowledge as performer and teacher are examined.

The Chief Guest and examiner was a renowned bharatanatyam and kuchipudi performer, choreographer, dance historian and scholar Dr. Avanthi Meduri (UK – India). Accompanied by two excellent musicians Vidwan S. V. Giridhara on Mridangam and Ravichandra Kulur on Flute, and a senior Lithuanian student Irina Kushelevich assisting on nattuvangam.

Neringa Raudytė, a disciple of Guru Rajyashree Ramesh (Berlin/Germany-Bangalore/India), has been studying and practicing bharatanatyam for almost seven years at the “Rajyashree Ramesh Academy” in Lithuania under the supervision of Irina Kushelevich. This debut is the result of a long, consistent and earnest effort, which reflects a true guru-shishya parampara, or a true teacher-disciple relationship. Justina Ližaitienė got interested in this stage art 17 years ago and has been a disciple of Guru Rajyashree Ramesh for over 12 years.