Big Temple 1000

Brahan Natyanjali Foundations

A select group of professionals in various walks of life with the common interest of promoting Art and Culture were associating with South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur in all its cultural activities, lending their physical, moral and financial support since 1996. Realizing the value of their association, the Director at that time Shri. K. Raamamoorthy IAS., thought it fit to give an official recognition to this Team and coined the term Forum of Friends. This Forum was formally inaugurated in 1998 by Shri. K. Ramamoorthy IAS., Dr. V. Varadarajan as the President, Er.S.Muthukumar as the Secretary, and Dr. Appu Pillai Murugan as the Treasurer at a largely attended function consisting of Art lovers of Thanjavur and adjacent Districts. The Director consented to be the Patron.

The Forum of Friends true to their designation have periodical meetings with the Director, SZCC to discuss and support their activities. The successive Directors followed the tradition adding closer ties with the Forum utilizing their services.

At one such meeting held at in the SZCC in January 2004 Shri. K. Panindra Reddy IAS., the Director brought to the attention of the Forum of Friends the need to conduct an exclusive Dance Festival at Thanjavur Big Temple keeping the tradition of Lord Shiva the Cosmic Dancer and the Big Temple built by the Great Emperor Raja Raja Cholan consecrated in 1010 used to have every day worship to the Lord with Dance.

The Forum of Friends felt an independent body with smaller number of committed people will be better suited for this purpose as this involves more dedicated consistent work. They requested Dr. V. Varadarajan to form the trust with a committed Team. When requested to the Director Shri. K. Phanindra Reddy suggested the name Brahan Natyanjali Foundation for the Team. He insisted the functioning of the Natyanjali Festival at Big Temple in that year itself and wholeheartedly associated SZCC with this Festival. The support was complete with association and support from Shri. S. Babaji Rajah Bhonsle, Heriditory Trustee of the Palace Devasthanam. 

Within a limited time the Secretary Er S.Muthukumar with his active coordination sought the support of various sponsors and the dream of a grand Natyanjali Festival at the Big Temple on Maha Sivarathiri Day has become a reality in 2004.