Written by Anusha Kambhampaty, Farmingdale@AntonNews.com Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:41
Indian tradition is kept alive in New York as Farmingdale resident Manasa Pisipati performs a three-hour solo classical dance performance. Pisipati, 16, graced the stage on Aug. 31 at the Flushing Hindu Temple Auditorium in Queens, performing eight intricate dance pieces in the South Indian dance style known as Bharatanatyam.
Bharatanatyam is the oldest of all the classical dance styles in India, originating over 2,000 years ago. While other Indian dance styles have been influenced by British colonialism or Muslim rule, Bharatanatyam has remained largely untouched. Bharatanatyam pays homage to Hindu deities through mimed story telling as well as statuesque poses and complex footwork. It is known for its grace, purity and tenderness.
Accompanied by a renowned orchestral ensemble consisting of vocals, traditional drums, known as the tabla, violin, flute, and cymbals, Manasa debuted her extensive dance training to an audience of hundreds. This solo dance presentation is known as an ‘Arangetram,’ which literally means to ascend the stage. It marks the student’s introduction as a dancer as well as a sort of graduation from the years of rigorous training needed to execute such a physically and mentally taxing performance.
Her teacher Satya Pradeep trained her for the past eight years. Pradeep runs the dance school, Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy, in Syosset.
Maintaining grace, composure and maturity throughout the recital, Manasa charmed the audience with her expressive facial expressions and brisk postures. The performance opened with a tribute to the elephant headed deity, Lord Ganesha, set to melodic traditional classical music that was coupled with Manasa’s rhythmic dance steps and elegant movements. Paying homage to her Indian roots, Manasa brought to life various stories of Hindu deities that have immense cultural and religious significance to Indian Americans. For example, Manasa portrayed several of Lord Krishna’s childhood pranks, which Indians have grown up listening to, such as Krishna teasing women by stealing their clothes. Manasa received standing ovation for her performance by the spellbound audience.
An honors student, Manasa is currently a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. Manasa is the daughter of long-term Farmingdale Rotary Club member and Past President Prakash Pisipati. Sunitha Pisipati, her mom, encouraged her to learn this divine art form.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Farmingdale, East Meadow, Massapequa and Levittown school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
With the quest to craft the Farmingdale Schools’ 2014-2015 spending plan underway, the Board of Education met on Feb. 26 to discuss the financial well-being of the District; a topic that the support—or lack thereof—from New York State will have a very direct impact upon.
Superintendent of Schools John Lorentz discussed how New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year is slated to include additional financial support for school districts; however, Lorentz said the increase in aid is still far short of what Farmingdale needs to ensure its standards of learning are kept intact going forward.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
On an uncharacteristically beautiful, Feb. 23, the local running community responded in a big way. Between 450 and 500 people showed up at the Runner’s Edge in Farmingdale for the annual Winter Fun Run co-sponsored by the Runner’s Edge and the Greater Long Island Running Club.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony D. Macagnone (center) recently attended the Farmingdale Firehawks Football Luncheon at Carlyle On The Green in Farmingdale. The Farmingdale Hawks players ages 5 to 13, along with their coaches, parents and team moms all attended the luncheon to show their support and receive annual awards. Pictured behind the players from left to right are Board Members Bob McCormic and Tim Greco, Village Trustee Patricia A. Christainsen, Village Trustee Cheryl Parisi, Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto, President Bob Dentato, Councilman Macagnone, Vice President Regina Mott, and Board Members Mike Ippolitti, Andrew Frigerio, and Steve Licata.
— Submitted by The Town of Oyster Bay