A real feast for the eyes
November 22, 2009
The festival followed with a Bharatanatyam recital of Meghana R, disciple of Guru Jyothi Pattabhiraman. Commencing her recital with a Ganesha Stuti set to Raag Mohana in Adi tala, the dancer moved on to Jathiswaram, followed by a Devarnama in praise of Lord Krishna in Raag Jaunpuri set to Adi tala.
A mesmerizing Kathak performance by Aditi Ashok, was refreshing amidst the many Bharatanatyam recitals. Aditi, apart from being trained in Kathak, is also trained in Bharatanatyam under her father Ashok. More mature as compared to the other performers of the festival, the performance of this disciple of the dancer duo Nirupama and Rajendra can definitely be considered as the best performance of the evening. Tastefully costumed, this young, dynamic dancer commenced her recital with Ganesha Vandana, popularised by the lyrics "Om Gam Ganapathayae Namaha" which merged lyrically in a stuti in praise of Lord Shiva. Her natural flair for dancing was represented with excellent footwork, usage of neck movements with the rhythmic beats of the music before commencement of an item. It is worthwhile to mention, that even though she's trained in Bharatanatyam, this artiste never exhibited any of its sway in Kathak, thereby adding vivacity to her performance. Next followed the Teen Taal, a pure dance number in Kathak with initial verses "Shanta Karam Bhujaga Shayanam" exhibiting good balance, exquisite chakkars and concluding with a Tarana, composed by Guru Maya Rao in Raag Darbari set to Teen Taal with the musical composition by Dagar Brothers.
performance of the evening was a Bharatanatyam recital by Rasika Kiran,
daughter of the dancer duo Kiran Subramaniam and Sandhya Kiran. The introduction
by her father in English humbly requesting the blessings from the rasikas
gave an emotional start up for her solo performance. Commencing her recital
with a Pushpanjali choreographed by Kiran Subramaniam in Raag Kadhyothkanthi
set to Adi Talam, composed by BR Sheshadri, set to music by Thirumalai
Srinivas, the dancer moved on to a slokam from Rudra Namavali invoking
the master of the Universe, Lord Shiva, set to Raag Revathi. "Kanchadalayadakshi,"
a Devi stuti in Raag Kamalamanohari in Adi tala was composed by her mother
and guru Sandhya Kiran. The dancer proved her mettle in the concluding
piece of the evening's recital, the Maduvanthi Thillana, a composition
by Lalgudi Jayaraman choreographed by Kiran. High quality recorded music
with awesome vocal support provided by Srivatsa added an overall dynamism
to her performance. Surya N Rao, a multi talented dancer /artist in all
forms of art including stage designing and lighting, was also felicitated
in this occasion.
Probal Gupta trained in Kathakali under two legends Late Kalamandalam Govindan Kutty and Guru Fact Padmanabhan under whom he is presently continuing his specialization in Stree Vesham genre of Kathakali. He has also been a student of Bharati Shivaji. His active performance career has taken him to prestigious dance festivals. He is an empanelled artist of Doordarshan and has established a Solo Margam for Stree Vesham Kathakali under the able guidance of his Guru Fact Padmanabhan. Probal is a graduate in English Hons from the University of Kolkata.