Fest: A feast for the eyes
December 30, 2009
Malavika Sarukkai commenced her recital with a dance, which is performed at the temples called Malhari in Gambira Nata Raga with ease and elegance. Involving thattu mettu and nrittaka paada, she neatly presented the basic and simple steps. She enacted the roles of a drum player, piper player, conch player in a most natural way. She presented in Ragamalika and Talamalika, a composition of Bilva Mangala of the 14th century. The beauty of Brindaban, a beautiful environment, melody of the flute, the tune coming out of the flow of water, the dazzling dance of the peacock, all these turned into movement and expression. Her gentle presentation for supple Jatis, the blend of expression to Ragam Thanam Pallavi was something special. She continued her recital with "Adharam maduram, Nayanam maduram," which explains the wholesome personality of Krishna.
acts of infant Krishna is picturized in the dance programs, but, Malavika
picturized through the dance of infant Rama and motherly affection of Kausalya
from the scripts of Ramacharitamanas of Saint Tulasidas. She also depicted
the natural movements of birds through classical dance gesture and movements.
Malavika concluded her dance recital with the composition of Dr. Balamuralikrishna's
Thillana, in raga Brindavani.
In the latter
part of the Bangalore Habba was an enthralling Kathak performance by Aditi
Mangaldas. While dancing to a song "Hari mei to," she used the techniques
and pure grammar of Kathak from amad and pharan. The vibrant foot
work (tatkar) and thrilling whirling, the most popular movements of Kathak,
was neatly presented. The vibrant tatkar symbolises the flushing out of
negative toxins and experiencing optimistic positive thoughts, and whirling
is nothing but finding the world at a single point. Her presentation for
Sufi traditional music, a composition of Amir Khusroo, "Jashme Masti" was
more of Kathak traditional movements with traditional white costume. The
use of paltas and complete use of the stage was well received by the audience.
In "Hey ghata chanda hey ghata sur," she expressed the influence of environment,
the beauty of nature and music on the emotional changes of a person.
Dr. AV Sathyanarayana
is a dance therapist.