Aishwarya R Dhanush criticised for her dance performance at UN

Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush, Bharatanatyam performance at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of International Woman’s Day, received a lot of criticisms. Social media users alleged nepotism and political affiliation to be reason for the filmmaker getting such a platform, despite lack of expertise.

Acclimed dancer Anita R Ratnam, who is trained in the classical dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Kathakali and Mohiniattam, called Aishwarya’s performance “pathetic”. Anita Ratnam tweeted, “The pathetic state of Bharatanatyam at the UN,’ commenting on a video clip shared by a fan of Aishwarya. She also shared the snippet on Facebook and wrote, “THIS IS WHAT BHARATANATYAM BECOMES... A CARICATURE AND A FARCE!”

Aishwarya, who is the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women to promote gender equality in India, is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and performed on ‘Bho Sambho’, a sequence in honour of the Lord of the Dance Natraj. The performance was planned by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN.

Writer Parthiban Shanmugam also shared the video on Facebook and wrote, “Now I know why #SuchitraKarthick is angry! The pathetic state of Bharatanatyam at the United Nations by Aishwaryaa.R.Dhanush Thanks to nepotism of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (#BJP) government.. Aishwayaa's guru should be banned!”

A report in India Today quoted a dancer as saying, “The postures are terrible. No proper footwork. That's not how a Bharatnatyam recital takes place. The whole song is basically unutilised. If you notice, she is neither dancing to lyrics nor to the bol. From the lack of grace, it is very evident that she is not a “dancer.” Also, considering how she is performing worse than a beginner in Bharatnatyam, she shouldn't have been on stage in the first place, leave alone at the UN. I think it's very disgraceful."

Aishwaryaa is married to actor Dhanush. She made her directorial debut in 2011 with ‘3’ that featured her husband Dhanush and received positive response from audience and critics. She then made another successful film ‘Vai raja Vai’ in 2015s.