Sai Nrityotsava I in Bangalore
June 20, 2009
Nandana Sivakumar, who performed first, presented a Bharatanatyam recital comprising Pushpanjali, the invocatory piece 'Gajavadana' in Sreeranjini raga, an appealing interpretation of the devarnama 'Baro Krishnayya,' and an energetic and well executed Thillana in Abhogi, attesting to her meticulous tutelage under Suparna Venkatesh.
also a Bharatanatyam dancer, daughter and disciple of Vasanthalakhmi, followed
with the elaborately structured padavarna
The Kathak recital by Jhalak, Chaitra, Devika, Ashnaa, Prabhati, Mihika, Surabhi, Sumana, Suraiya and Anjana, disciples of Chitra Venugopal, comprised Ganesh and Saraswathi Vandana, Basaveswara Vachana, a Surdas bhajan, a tarana, and the scintillating 'Taala Mala,' notable for the variety of rhythms performed with perfect synchronization.
disciple of Sunanda Nair, presented an invocation to Lord Ganesha, followed
by 'Chandana Charchitha' a beautifully choreographed ashtapadi set to a
melodious Mohanam, and 'Jeeva,' a pure dance item replete with lively rhythmic
sequences, in the Mohiniattam idiom. Radhika Ramanujam, disciple of Bharatanatyam
dancers Kiran Subramanian and Sandhya Kiran performed a vibrant 'Neeradasama'
in Jayanthasri raga and adi thala in the tisra and khanda gathi variations,
an expressive elucidation of the Madhuvanthi padam 'Kanda Naal Muthalal,'
and an animated thillana in Simhendramadhyamam, revealing commendable expertise