Dhaare 7: Day 1
February 24, 2010
Day one of Ananya Nritya Dhaare series 7, commenced with a Bharatanatyam recital by Mithun Shyam, a disciple of the veteran Guru Padmini Ramachandran. A very handsome dancer indeed, Mithun commenced the evening's recital with a Stuti in praise of Narthana Ganapati. Moving on to a Ranjini Varnam set to Adi tala in praise of Lord Shiva, this dedicated dancer tried doing justice to all the choreographies of his Guru religiously with two Devarnamas pivoting around Lord Krishna bringing cessation to his recital.
Vaibhavi Joshipura, a Kathak exponent and disciple of Kumudini Lakhia, followed next segregating her recital in two divisions – the Shrinkhala showcasing all the traditional nritta aspects of Kathak – the Thaat, Tukda, Uthan, Tisra Jati toda, Chatusra Jati toda, the tihais, the Gat Nikas in various ragas suffixed with her own research project 'Sita' as visualized by herself. Though this dancer could have exhibited professionalism by sticking to the time lines defined by the organizer, her performance exhibited maturity and mastery of her dance style. Vaibhavi's footwork is good; her body reveals a suppleness of energy which is always under a tenacious control, that projects a thorough deliberate practice. 'Sita' written by Avinash Vyas and conceptualized by the dancer, thwarts Lord Rama's name as God, as how merciless could he ever be that he abandoned Sita just because his citizens questioned her sanctity! Kudos to this dancer for thinking beyond the customary perception of affording Rama the superlative prowess; thereby questioning his viability to be worshipped. Sita on the other hand reigns supreme defeating Ravana much before Lord Rama could have even conquered him in the battlefield, by not even allowing Ravana to touch her while being in Panchavati.
best performance of the evening was the Kuchipudi recital by Hithaishy
Surendra. Initially trained under the legendary Vyjayanthi Kashi, this
dancer is currently undergoing training in Kuchipudi under Uma Muralikrishna
from the Vempati Chinna Satyam bani. Commencing her recital with a Natesha
Kauthuvam, the dancer immediately created a sparkle amongst the connoisseurs.
Moving on to an item from the traditional Kuchipudi repertoire - a Patra
Pravesha Daruvu with a third person being the dancer herself introducing
the character Devadevi from the dance drama Vipranarayana Charithram, the
artist proved her mettle and maturity as a classical dancer through her
subtle abhinaya. Especially the scene when the nayika ornaments herself
to allure the saint Vipranarayana speaks of her perseverance and assiduousness
with which she has mastered the theatrical attributes of this classical
form. One understands the meticulousness of this dancer to handle the beautiful
character's seductive gait with which she proceeds to satiate her yearning.
Hithaishy concluded her recital resplendently with the famous Venkata Subbu
Iyer's "Marakatha Manimaya Chela" in Raag Arabhi set to Adi talam choreographed
by Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam in the Tarangam format.