Subhashini Giridhar
Subhashini Giridhar

Subhashini Giridhar’s Bharatanatyam performance on Sankranthi day was dedicated to Godha Devi A senior Bharatanatyam dancer and Guru, and a Chartered Accountant by profession, Subhashni Giridhar gave an exclusive classical dance performance on Sankranthi day. 

Titled ‘Vaaranamaayiram’ – the programme dedicated to Godha Devi also known as Andal, began with her birth story. 

Adopted by the Alvar saint, Periyalvar, who found her as a baby lying under a Tulasi plant in the temple garden of Srivilliputhur, in Tamil Nadu, she was known for her unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. 

He named her "Kodhai" or "gift of Mother Earth. Andal is believed to have worn the garland before dedicating it to the presiding deity of the temple. 

Periyalvar, later found a strand of hair in it, so, he hastily put together another garland of fresh flowers and took them to the temple. 

Lord Vishnu appeared in his dream and asked him to dedicate the garland worn by Andal only to him. The girl Kothai was thus named Andal and was referred as Chudikodutha Sudarkodi (lady who gave her garland to Lord Vishnu). 

Subhashni followed it with the main piece of the programme ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ - which is infact from Thirupavai, a collection of thirty stanzas (paasuram) in Tamil believed to have been written by Andal also Nachiyar, in praise of the Lord Perumal, (Vishnu). 

It is part of Divya Prabandha, a work of the twelve Alvars, and is important in Tamil literature. In Thiruppavai, Andal gives a universal call to all people to recite the name and glories of Lord Narayana.

In ‘Vaaranam Aayiram’ Andal narrates her dream to her friends where she is getting married to the Lord Vishnu. 

Andal dreams of her marriage with SrimannNarayana and narrates that beautifully to her friend in “Vaaranamayiram” (10 pasurams) of Nachiarthirumozhi. 

She narrates the marriage customs right from SrimannNarayana, the bridegroom entering the mandapam majestically with 1000 elephants till they (Andal and Narayana) together sitting on an elephant , go for a Wedding procession around the decorated streets. 

Subhashni rendered the beautiful paasuram gracefully before the culminating piece in praise of Lord Krishna where she combined rhythmic patterns with speedy jathis.