Young talent on show
SUNITHA RAGHAV, disciple of Revathi Ramachandran, was one of the young dancers, featured in the annual Yuva Utsav of Bharat Kalachar. Sunitha has a pleasant stage presence. Graceful in her hasta viniyogas, Sunitha should pay more attention to posture, foot work and precision. She appeared nervous initially, which resulted in a lack of co-ordination during the Mallari, between the danseuse and Revathi, who wielded the cymbals with good grip.
"Samiyai Azhaitthodi Vaa" the Ragamalika Varnam of K. N. Dandayudhapani Pillai was performed by Sunitha with average skill and the rich potential of the composition was not fully utilised by the artiste who should work to improve her standard and stamina. Shashidharan, the main singer is a talented artiste with a strong voice. However, on this evening, his loud sangatis not only disrupted the smooth flow of the dance depiction but also considerably brought down the impact of the performance.
Manodharma Sangita is a crucial aspect of Bharatanatyam to enhance the quality of the performance; but while doing so, the singer needs to adopt a note of propriety and an attentive approach, particularly in following the abhinaya sequences.
Kesavan gave excellent percussive support. Some of the cross-rhythmical patterns that he played, extended a very lively touch to the recital which otherwise was mediocre.
Divya Kasturi, disciple of Udupi Lakshminarayanan, another dancer in this series revealed considerable talent and good stamina to go through the rigorous, lengthy jatis that linked the Varnam, "Engum Nirainda", depicting the Lord of the Seven Hills.
The dancer is endowed with an expressive face but her descriptions were dramatic and lacked maturity. The technical side of the performance left much to be desired, as the dancer did not attend to any of the basic details of perfection.
Nagai Narayanan, the percussionist, played in a very lively manner, with vocalist Veeraraghavan providing excellent support. L. Nagaraju, the violinist, offered melodious accompaniment. Lakshminarayanan and Madhumathi Prakash conducted the recital.
Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya, disciple of Chitra Visweswaran, has a charming stage presence and a very mobile face that can reflect impressive nuances in abhinaya. Lakshmi's style gave her ample scope to move far and wide, covering the space, although one noticed a total neglect of the basic requisites like posture, proper position of the feet and firm, clear execution of adavus.
The presentation of "Innam En Manam", the main piece, revealed a picturesque and glamorous approach, a hallmark of this school. Singer Bhama Visweswaran's voice came across with a hint of stress. Sukanya wielded the cymbals, assisted by Gopi (mridangam).
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