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RASA celebrated its ushering in to the 25th year as a celebration series from September 27th to September 30th 2013. Four Films on ABILITY from across the world were screened in different parts of Chennai to celebrate this cause. On September 27th 2013, the inauguration of the series took place in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Ms Gloriana Rubini Selvanathan, a jury member of the International Film Festival graced the occasion with her presence. Mr N Murali, President, Music Academy and Mr L Sabaretnam - Chairman, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan also graced the occasion. On 30th September 2013, The valedictory function took place in Leela Palace, Chennai. Artistes from Ramana Maharshi Academy for the Blind Bangalore and Mr. Vasanth - Eminent Film Director and Ms Rohini, Award Wining Actor , graced the occasion.

SAMARPAN

RASA - Arpita, Academy for Research and Performng Arts, presented Samarpan, a thematic dance presentation, on 18th July at Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet. The event was a tribute to Dr. Ambika Kameshwar on completion of her 25 years as a guru and as a performing artiste for 40 years in the field of dance, music and Indian Theatre. The presentation was by her students, grand students and other artistes inspired by Dr. Ambika.

Dr. Padma Subramaniam, Director, Nrityodaya, Na Muthusawmy (Director - Koothupattari( and Meenakshi (Director - Veena Vislakshi Arts Centre) were the chief guests that evening.

The Participating groups were

RASA Arpita - The Dance and Music School
Rasa Arpita - The Foureeees Special Theatre Group
Sri Kala Ranga School of Dance, Chennai
Kala Anantharupah Arts Centre, Bangalore
Divyanjali Dance School, Chennai
Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning Bangalore

To quote Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, - I believe that to learn the art form is in the itself an act of Grace, but what can say of the Grace that allows one to share the art and pass it on the next generation? The joy and fullness that comes from teaching is amazing!?


A Tribute to the Legendary Music Director Duo MS Viswanathan - TK Ramamurthy
Date - March 20th
Time - 6.30 p.m
Venue - Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai

Rasa – Ramana Sunritya Aalaya – dedicated to the cause of rehabilitating children with different disabilities by the structured application of Indian Performing Arts - is organising a fund raising event for its service activities on 20th March 2010 at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai.

The organisation will honour the Great Legends Sri M S Viswanathan and Sri T K Ramamurthy on the occasion.
Old hit songs - which reflect deeper thought - set to music by the great Duo will be presented that evening as a music presentation and a dance presentation as well.

Dr. Ambika Kameshwar, Founder, Director of RASA, who is a renowned singer and dancer herself has conceptualised this event and shall present the same.

The first part of the evening will be a treat to the ears – featuring Comagan’s Orchestra – Raagapriya (‘Autograph’ Fame) with young and talented singers, Shreya, Poorna and Mihir.

The second part will be an audio visual treat as various leading dance troupes of the city bring alive the songs on stage in the dance format.
The second part will be an audio visual treat as various leading dance troupes of the city bring alive the songs on stage in the dance format.

Sri K S Raghunathan (HMV) and Sri Rajkumar Bharathi and other dignitaries will felicitate the Legends Sri M S Vishwanathan and Sri T K Ramamurthy.

RASA has made this event open to all rasikas and hopes to raise funds for its work with children with disabilities via donations and contributions made on the occasion.
RASA can be contacted at (044) 2499 7607 / 6528 1970

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Rasa Day -26th February
As a part of our rehabilitative programme, we at Rasa, present a cultural treat of an evening of Dance, Music & Drama by 200 special children-once a year. Students from our special school as well as those from 6 other special school will participate. This event is usually held at a prestigeous auditorium in the city which is open to the public and about 1000 people witness this programme.

About the Production
This year's production titled - 'Avane' Vandaan
The children will perform to recorded music and dialogue which requires a perfect sense of timing. The facilitators of Rasa are putting in a great effort and are having rigorous practise sessions to train the children.

The programme for this academic year is scheduled for the evening of 26th February, at Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, Alwarpet. 200 children from Rasa's special School and 6 other Special schools are participating in this event. The event will go a long way in spreading an awareness amongst the general public, about the creative talents of people with disabilities and give them the recognition they deserve.

We would be very grateful if you can take up the sponsorship of a part of the expenses. Our detailed budget is enclosed along with.

Thanking you ,

Sincerely,

Dr. Ambika Kameshwar
Founder Director




Project Day 2007
Project day 2007 was held on 6/11/2007 at Mylapore Fine Arts Auditorium. Rasa’s 3 centres presented performances of Theatre structured around the theme "Satyameva Jayate – Truth alone Triumphs".

The three centre heads share their experience of working on Project day 2007

Abhiramapuram Branch
By Usha Shankaran
Project Day at Rasa is a very important event for all of us. This year also, like the previous year, a theme was chosen and given by our Director. It was “Satyameva Jayate” which means ‘Truth alone Triumphs’.

One fine morning the Abhiramapuram team sat together for a brain storming session. All the enthusiastic members came up with a lot of story ideas. There were some which were rejected because it was’nt applicable to the theme. Finally, the seed for the story was sown by one of our members & from there we took off Contributions were plenty from everyone and the story was born.

The team immediately started on the dialogues. It took us almost 2 hours but the rough script was ready for us to begin with. Roles were allotted, with of course, provision for change, teams were assigned for costumes & props. After the holidays when the school reopened, the first class was only an experiential session where the students had an interactive session, about the story and the value behind the story. It was told in simple terms for them to understand & there were contribution from the students regarding the theme.

Practice session started. One staff member penned the lyrics & we had to set it to tune. Once the practice sessions started we realized that a lot of changes had to be made in the original script to suit the needs of the students.

Slowly the whole drama began to shape up. Of course, we had to contend with absenteeism and the weather which continued to play truant & gave us a lot of sleepless nights.

By the end of the first week, we knew, where we were heading, students were more confident, & were enjoying the experience.

Of course, as usual some of the students had to multi task as a few students were absent.

It was absolutely marvellous to see the students take to their roles like fish to water.

Everything was in place, & ‘D’ Day was fast approaching. Now all we had to do was pray to the Almighty for his divine blessings to make the programme a successful one.

Mehta Nagar Branch
By Anitha Mohan
Our core team comprises of our centre head Niveditha, Mala, Amali, Ahil & Anita. When the theme for the project day was announced, it was a frantic search for an ideal story line. We settled for a beautiful Jataka Tale, later we finalized the cast & the major elements that went into the presentation.

We are lucky to have very talented Vaishnavi Poorna to score the music, sing & give the sound effects. Our own creative writer Valli has done the lyrics, script and the dialogues. We also have Mekala a wonderful artist helping us with this presentation. Our helpers have whole heartedly supported our endeavour.

Last but not the least, our special performers, put up with all the frenzy & all the changes we made from time to time.

The celebration has begun we are looking forward to the Project Day.

Mandavei Branch
Experience of working for the project day - 2007 by Shanthi Paul
November 6th was the planned date for the project day. 'The Triumph of Truth' was the given theme around which the story had to be woven. A simple and traditional story was chosen and adapted so that all the 28 students of the Mandaveli branch will have their own special role to play in the drama. There was so much to do; script to be written, songs to be learnt, props and sets to be made and costumes to be organized. All in 12 short working days. To say that the Rasa team was as busy as bees in a bee hive is and understatement. As the story took shape there was this feeling of joy and fulfillment among all the staff and helpers

The presentation is not only about the 'Triumph of Truth' but also about the 'Triumph of Team work', the co-ordinated effort put in by the students, staff, volunteers and the helpers of Rasa which made this play possible