Three disciples of Guru Asha Balan Nambiar presented verses from Vaishnava Janato and Vande Mataram in Odissi style. Young, sprightly disciples of Guru Jyothi Mohan offered patriotic songs of Bharatiyar, Veer Savarkar and concluded with ‘Vande Mataram.’ It was a well-choreographed and well-delivered segment . Some senior members of Mumbai Chapter of ABHAI (Association of Bharatanatyam Artistes of India) opened the morning of Gandhi Jayanti with Vande Mataram and Asatoma Sadhgamaya in the bright glow of candles and eelectric bulbs. This invocation ushered in ‘Swatantra Bharati’ hosted by Guru Jayashree Rajagopalan, director of Nrithyodaya and convener of ABHAI, Mumbai, at the Mysore Association auditorium, Matunga. In a deviation from patriotic songs, disciples of Kathak exponent Shila Mehta presented a tarana in raga Kalavati in teen taal, dhrut laya.
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