November 23, 2009
Ranjalkar presented her young disciples in a sequence of 5 dance numbers.
The dancers began with a Pushpanjali in Nata raga, followed by Ganesha
Stuti. The presentation continued with an alaripu in Charukeshi, a devaranama
in Raga Durga and concluded with a Jathiswaram in Abhogi. Shreelatha Bhatt,
Gauthami, Meghana, Hamsika, Bhumika, Sheetal Shenoy, Krishne Tanneerbhavi
and Master Pratham comprised the dance ensemble.
Disciple of Guru Pulakeshi Kasthuri of the Kasthuri Trio, Prasanna-Pulakeshi-Sushma, Kavyashree Jayaram chose to commence her performance with an interesting composition Kavyanjali. A verse from Simha Bhoopala's Lasya Ranjana, praising the grandeur of dance art, was followed by a string of selected prayers to Ganesha, Saraswathi, Vishnu and Shiva by well known Kannada poets Paramadeva, Kanakadasa, Lakshmisha and Kumara Valmiki. The item concluded with pranams to the Ashta Dikh Palakas. The devaranama "Eenu Maruladeyamma" delineates on the single pointed aspiration of Rukmini to wed Krishna, in spite of constant discouragement by her maid. She chose a Shiva Stuti in Chandrakouns, composed by Bellary Raghavachar to close her act.
Pushya, Kavyashree, Divya Chandra, Shamika, Shweta, Sindhu, Somashekar,
Nishant, Pawan and Sharath Sharma were presented by Guru Suparna Venkatesh
in a well knit, seamless dance feature "Sapta Ratnagalu," based on the
works of the seven Gnana Peetha Awardees hailing from Karnataka. The work
put together theater art, classical dance, folk arts and ritual celebrations
in translating into movement the lyrics "Jaya Bharatha Jananeeya Tanujathe"
of KV Puttappa, "Yelli daaritappi yellibandeyo Krishna" of Masthi Venkatesh
Iyengar, "Sooryodaya Kavana" of Vinayak Krishna Gokak, Dr. Kota Shivaram
Karanth's "Kisa Gowthami" episode from Buddha’s life, Girish Karnad's "Hayavadhana,"
Dr. UR Ananthamurthy's "Sri Tulasidala" and the famous song "Kuniyonu bara
Kunionu ba" of Dr. Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre.
disciple of her mother/guru Jyothi Raghuram, presented a Padavarna in Bharatanatyam.
Sadhanashree left the often trodden path of depicting a nayaki with shrungara
bhava in a varnam and plunged into the unparalleled relationship Draupadi
fostered towards Krishna. Her surrender unto Him, her faith in Him made
Krishna come to her rescue at several points of crisis in her life. Divinely
penned by Shatavadhani R Ganesh in chaste Kannada, she performed each sanchari
Shreedhar Morab presented her disciples Shruthi, Kruthika, Sanjana, Charitra
and Abhishruta in Ganesha Kauthvam, Swarasahithyabhinaya, Devarnama of
Purandara Vittala before closing the day's utsava with a composition of
Jayadeva describing the ten manifestations of Lord Vishnu.
Mysore B Nagaraj is a Kathak dancer/guru and the artistic director of Articulate, that takes social responsibility of the visually challenged.