Some years ago, a delegation of Sri Lankan Australian dancers from the faraway continent were here.
Suryakala Chandrika Jeevananthan is the guru and she runs her classes in Dehiwala's Hill Street where she also has a chamber hall. "We can accommodate about 200 guests and it is packed for any recital," she tells us backstage.
She has brought 12 dancers - some studens, some working women. Vaishaalini Rajaratnam, Indika Ponraj, Sharmila Gopalakrishnan, Archana Natraja, Danushiya Arumugam, Nagasai Janani Pathamanathan, Darunya Loganathan, Vinusha Somasundarama, Krithvi Shanmuganathan, Kavishna Thangarath, Thulasika Satyanathan and Sharanya Nataraja.
For all of them, getting the chance to dance at the Nataraja sannidhi just before the doors were closed at noontime was special.
"Its been a wonderful cultural tour," says Suryakala. They wind up on Thursday with a performance at Kalai Kaveri College, an arts campus in Tiruchi where Suryakala did her postgrad studies.
Hopefully, the guru and her dancers will get the opportunity to tour Chennai during the 'season'.
Suryakala's contact - firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 00-94-714322000.