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Aishwarya Dhanush to perform Bharatanatyam at the UN on Women's Day


The dance recital, which has been arranged for by the Indian embassy, will look to stress on the importance of women and also highlight the culture of India.

Manigandan KR

Aishwarya Dhanush, daughter of superstar Rajinikanth and wife of actor Dhanush, will present a Bharatanatyam dance performance at the United Nations on 8 March.

Aishwarya, who is the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for India, will deliver the performance as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations.

The dance recital, which has been arranged by the Indian embassy, will stress on the importance of women and also highlight the culture of India.

The performance, which is expected to last anywhere between 45 minutes and an hour, will begin with a pushpanjali (floral offering) to Nataraja, the god of dance, and go on to narrate the tale of Meenakshi, the goddess of Madurai.

As part of the performance, Aishwarya will also dance to the lyrics of six-time National award-winning lyricist Vairamuthu’s poem, ‘Avasara Thaalattu’ (A Lullaby in Hurry). The poem speaks of the significance of today’s working mothers.

She will end the performance with the song 'Maithrim Bhajatha' by Adi Shankaracharaya. 'Maithrim Bhajatha' was sung by the late MS Subbulakshmi at the UN decades ago to highlight the need for peace.

Subbulakshmi, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, AR Rahman, Dr L Subramanian and Sudha Raghunathan are some of the Indian artistes who have performed at the UN so far.

Aishwarya is also set to be honoured by the American Tamil Sangam on Sunday.