Sincere recital by Hiten Mistry
- Anita Shanmughanathan
Photos: Monisha Chakravarthy
January 16, 2011
The AIMA festival conducted annually at the Varasiddhi Vinayar temple showcases talented young dancers from different parts of the world, giving them the spatial ambience to feel the gravity of their historical endowment and the unique aesthetic substance of natya.
As music pervades the air against the background of ongoing nrityaarchana, the audience is made sensitive to the ritual foundation of Bharatanatyam mingled with the excitement and anticipation of what is to follow and on the 24th of December 2010, Hiten Mistry from London did not disappoint. In his technique, both formative and expressive, he exuded sincerity, honesty and hard work. He made his presence to the melody of raga Kalavati and the poetry of saint-poet Tulsidas in the invocation to Lord Ganesha, 'Gayiye Ganapathy.' Hiten eased with confidence into the Nrutyopaharam addressed to Lord Krishna, a composition of Thurayur Rajagopala Sharma, infusing it with the longing of a devotee to be one with the Lord. The second half showcased his innate potential as a sensitive artist in the moments of piercing intensity depicting Krishna's childhood.
Anita Shanmughanathan, a Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, teacher and scholar is a disciple of the Dhananjayans.