Presented by Nritya, School of Indian Music and Dance
in Overland Park, KS, USA
Kavya in the peacock dance
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Hema Sharma - Arangetram for Kavya Nataraj
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This was in the 1,000-seat theater / auditorium of Shawnee Mission West High School. A dinner was given after in the school cafeteria with catered Indian food. Kavya dance most of the three hours in the concert with interludes for the musicians and one for her sister to sing. This was also Kavya's 16th birthday party and she was caked by her friends, right in the face. So that called for a lot of buddy selfies right there.
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This was also Kavya's 16th birthday and her friends helped her out with an extra helping of birthday cake
Kavya on tech/dress rehearsal thrusting with a trident
Mayil (peacock) dance
Kruti Nataraj (Kavya's sister) sings two songs
Left to right: Shivanand Murthy (on mridangam), Kruti, Raha Govindarajan (vocals), Viswa Ammula (vocals) and Shiv Shankalp (Violin)
One of the many large images on Kavya taken here and printed in India on canvas then mounted on frames and set up in the lobby
This was early in the afternoon during setup.
Signing the guest book
In the side hallway during Kavy's dress/tech rehearsal
Figuring out how to mount the backgrounds and other displays
Kavya Nataraj in studio rehearsal at Nritya on Thursday before performance
Arangetram - A graduation / recital / professional debut to the stage for a student of dance. To get to this takes years of training. A Tamil word combining arangam (stage) and etram (to rise) meaning to rise, or ascend, to the stage.
Bharathanatyam also Bharata Natyam- traditional dance of Southern India, at least 3,000 years old which began as a temple dance.
Say: Bah rruh trruh NAH tee-um
Technical Note on streaming - We tried to run this as a live stream but could never get a "pipe" to upload on.
The login to the Shawnee Mission West's network never worked and calls to the school's IT people were hopeless, partly because they were gone for the weekend and whatever they put into motion didn't work. We badly needed the test on Friday to find out whether it would work from there. The stream depends on the bandwith of the connection and all they were offering was WiFi which is hugely slower than a directly-wired Ethernet connection. So I badly wanted to test the connection on Friday to see whether it would work. Had we gotten on we could have at least tested the WiFi connection from there. Someone remarked that maybe the login was only available on Saturday but as it turned out, the connection wasn't available on Saturday either.
So, alternate plan. Render to a file (slightly edited and with some titles inserted) and stream the file. This has been its own set of experiments and so far not as workable as direct from the camera via the USB adapter. So far I am getting a large number of dropped frames and haven't been able to get around that with numerous file-type and specification variations. I am currently rendering an mpg file which I will try out anyway (should be ready about 1pm Central Standard Time, USA) despites tests showing dropped frames. It still looks alright and brings audio along with it.
FInally, alternate, alternate plan. Just render a version and upload it to YouTube. It still took almost an hour and forty minutes to render, another ten minutes to copy to a USB, then to walk UMKC to upload because it would take hours from the house, which added 20 minutes to walk and about the same to upload. By the time I walked back (another 20 minutes) it was processed and ready to show. Even so, the file is only about 7 gigabytes and I expect the full finished file to be about 40 gigs. So you get an idea of the difference in image quality.
DVD NOTE: There is now a double-layer DVD with the full resolution (for the family and school) (also better titles as I have more time on the edit). The quality was good because I was able to speak to the lighting people and got them to bring up the lights so that my camera could shoot without having to boost the gain (measured in decibels). Normally I have no say in this and have to take what I can get (which can look ugly and "grainy.".