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Vijayadasmi / Saraswati Puja

Vijayadasmi falls on the 10th day of Navaratri season every year. It is the day when you celebrate your knowledge and pay homage to your teachers/Guru to commence new things. It is customary for dance and music students to come to class and pay their respects to the Guru on this day.

At Soundarya Natya Kalalaya, we celebrate Vijayadasmi in class on a scheduled day when parents & students can join in large numbers & take blessings of -

  • Goddess Saraswati, who is the ultimate embodiment of all knowledge & performing arts

  • Lord Nataraja, God of Dance

  • Our Gurus

Significance of Saraswati Puja

- The student understands the importance and relevance of the Guru-Shishya parampara

- Every student gets a chance to dance to the lessons learnt in class thus signifying the beginning of another year of learning.

- Parents & friends get an opportunity to watch their kids as well as the others perform their lessons learnt in class and encourage them further

- There is no better day than Vijayadasmi for new students to begin learning a new art form. If you want to start a new venture, or start teaching your child alphabets or begin to learn arts, you need not look forward to any other day other than Vijayadasmi.

1) Attire : The student can come well-dressed in any of the below festive wear for the occasion - 

- Silk skirt and top (Pavadai and blouse) with comfortable leggings.
- Indian salwar kameez
- Or any other Indian outfit (like chaniya-choli etc.) worn with comfortable leggings.

2) Guru Dakshina : Offering Guru Dakshina to the teacher is a tradition wherein the student acknowledges, thanks and pays respect to the Guru for imparting and sharing his/her knowledge with him/her.

Traditionally, a student should offer coconut, turmeric (haldi / manjal), vermillion (kum kum), betel leaves (paan leaf / vethalai), betel nuts (supari / pakku), few fruits, flowers and Guru Dakshina in his/her offering to the Guru.

3) Worshipping the Dance Bells : The Guru gives the first set of Salangai / Ghunghuroo / Gejje or 2-3 line dance bells to those students who have completed the 'Pushpa-Kinkini'* milestone in their dance journey. The students who have completed their Salangai Puja / Ghunghuroo Puja  / Gejje Puja** in the past, are required to bring in their dance bells every year on Vijayadasmi to worship and respect their importance.

 

* Pushpa-Kinkini milestone - for students who have completed the foundational steps & have started learning traditional items from the Bharatanatyam repertoire or margam

** Salangai Puja / Ghunghuroo Puja  / Gejje Puja milestone - for students who have achieved the mid-point completion of their repertoire or margam.

4) Volunteers : Parents are encouraged to volunteer & offer help with arrangements for the day - chair/hall arrangements, student management, clean-up activities etc.

THANK YOU !

Honoring the Guru

As a child I was initiated into this tradition by my parents & Gurus and I would love to share this experience with my students. Every year, I ensure to pay my respects to my teachers in whatever manner possible no matter how far I am from them. It strengthens the bond with my teachers and bestows me with everlasting memories for life.

I started the Vijayadasmi tradition at our class in 2015 and now I hope & pray that we are able to continue this ritual for the years to come.