performance by Navia Natarajan at NCPA
attended the dance recital of Navia Natarajan at Godrej Dance Academy Theatre
at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai. She
presented the following items.
After the strenuous varnam, Navia continued her dance with aplomb showing no signs of fatigue or panting for breath. The Devarnama of Purandaradas was a good illustration for vatsalya bhava. It was a welcome change from the ever-popular "Krishna Nee Begane Baro." The child as well as mother Yashoda was well portrayed. She is afraid that he might be kidnapped by his devotees if he ventured out! The Hamsanandi piece was appropriately choreographed as a padam. The tillana in Revati was noted for the usual sculpturesque poses and fast footwork. She introduced the novelty of the vocalist reciting the jatis followed by their repetition on mridangam; she danced to the latter like in Suddha Nrityam.
attractive. She is a thorough professional and impressed me with
her total command of the medium. She knows how to make full use of the
stage. Unfortunately there were only 50 persons in the audience. It did
not affect her enthusiasm. The supporting artistes, whose recording was
played, had done a good job although this reviewer felt that the sruti
of the flute was a little higher than that of the rest and sounded somewhat
high-pitched Navia continues the trend of science graduates taking to music
and dance out of sheer love for the art forms. She has a Master's degree
in Microbiology and had worked at a scientific research establishment in
Bangalore. She has traveled widely in India and abroad taking part in several
dance festivals. She runs her own dance academy in USA. She is now based
in San Jose, California. A charming stage presence, youthful energy
without any flagging of effort, intelligent choice of songs and, above
all, thorough professionalism in approach without bothering about the size
of the audience are features that should help her in reaching a position
among the top-notchers in the field.
The author is an Economic Consultant in Mumbai and former Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Economic Analysis and Policy of the Reserve Bank of India. He is a fine arts buff.