Shankar, dancer with natural grace and body awareness
Shankar performed the ever-popular Varnam "Sri Krishna Kamalanatho" (Text chosen from Sri Krishna Ashtottaram) in Reethigowla tuned by Thirumalai Srinivas of Bangalore.
Shankar is an effortless dancer and a true story-teller. His movements are supple and keep the viewer involved. He crafted the episodes of Krishna's birth, Poothana, and Gitopadesham in simple but stylized manner, which made the audience understand and appreciate the details. His depiction of the line 'Jalakreeda Samaasaktha Gopi Vastrapahaarakaha' in the Ethugade Swara Sahithya was in particular most enjoyable and fluid as he showed the play between Krishna and the Gopis in mercurial speed and clarity.
I would like to share a bit of history regarding this beautiful Varnam. Guru Narmada of Bangalore staged this Varnam for the first time in 1990 when Nirupama Rajendra performed at the Ravindra Kalakshetra in honor of Udupi Swamiji.
Several dancers in the audience recanted their own experience of performing this Varnam on numerous occasions.
the evening with an intelligently woven piece titled 'Shankarabharanam'
in praise of Lord Shiva. Shankar Kandasamy in this original choreography
related the Saptaswaras (seven notes) to the attributes and adornments
of Shiva. Throughout the evening, Shankar's movements and sculpture like
poses flowed with poise and beauty.
Iyengar is the Artistic Director of Rangoli Foundation for Art and Culture,