A visual treat in kinetic vocabulary
- Velcheti Subrahmanyam, Visakhapatnam
February 25, 2011
It was an evening of rhythmic grace and expressional élan that took the dance aficionados to the realms of ecstasy as young artiste Sindhu Madhuri danced her way into the hearts of the audience at Kalabharati on 12th February in Visakhapatnam.
A disciple of noted Bharatanatyam exponent Guru Avasarala Rukmajirao of Nrityakalabharati of Bharateeya Vidya Kendram, she excelled in both footwork and expression in presentation of the chosen numbers with verve. She commenced with an invocatory Siva Dhyanam and went on to dance a variety of pieces, which showcased her artistic acumen in all its richness. Her refinement and dignity testified her decade and half of dancing experience well. She was quite confident on stage and made no effort to impress; she left her talent to do the talking and looked an uncommon aggregate of talent, commitment and bubbly stage presence.
Her masterly presentation of padavarnam, the star piece of Bharatanatyam repertoire, "Rama neeve na rakshakudavani namminanu" wowed the audience. As her ankle bells reverberated to various rhythms and emotions, she wove varied aspects of Lord Rama in gestural vocabulary and mnemonic syllables. Be it a Tamil composition dealing with childhood pranks of Lord Krishna or "Vandanam Raghunandana" from Prahalada Bhatkta Vijayam, her performance took the audience on a journey to the realms of delight. The classic choreography of Guru Avasarala Rukmajirao, who is a disciple of noted Guru Adayar Lakshman, came to the fore in every frame as she sparkled in delineation of bhava, and in executing subtle movements, agility and precise nritta. In the stopgap, child artiste Praneeta danced a few numbers well. Visakha Music Academy presented the program.
Velcheti Subrahmanyam has been with the New Indian Express for over twenty years contributing reviews and articles on the cultural front.