Nihaarika Gopinath from Grade IX and Samudrika Gopinath from Grade V of Oakridge, one of the Best Schools in Bengaluru, dance students of Guru Devaraju B.V., performed their Arangetram on 28th Jan 2018 at Asian Christian High School, Hosur.
Arangetram is a Tamil word; "Aranga" meaning raised floor and "Etram" meaning climbing in Tamil, and also called Rangapravesha in Kannada; "Ranga" meaning Stage and "Pravesha" meaning Enter.
The Chief Guests at the event were Shri P. Bala Krishna Reddy - Minister of Youth Welfare and Sports Development of Tamil Nadu, Kalaimamani Kumari Sachu – Veteran Tamil Actress and Bharatanatyam Exponent, Karnataka Kalashree Guru-Kumari B. Bhanumati and Nrithya Nipune Guru - Smt. Sheela Chandrashekhar. Commenting on the performances, Kumari Sachu said, “Just like you need to check only a grain of rice to see if the whole pot is cooked, the Varnam performance was enough to assess the capability of these young dancers.” In the note of thanks, the performers expressed gratitude for the flexibility and support offered by the school to follow their extracurricular passion.
While Nihaarika has been learning Bharatanatyam since 3 years of age, her sister Samudrika started learning at the age of 5. Both the girls have performed and won accolades at various stages, including Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Brahmotsavam, Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai, Padmanabha Swami Temple in Trivandrum, Cubbon Park in Bengaluru, Margazhi Festival by Puthu Yugam channel, International Competitions organized by Akhil Bhartiya Sanskrutik Sangh. The duo sisters have
also been honored with titles such as "Natyamani", "Keshava Kalpa", "Raj Ilam Mayil" and "Natya Ravali".