Dazzling performance by Dakshina

August 13, 2013

Dakshina Vaidyanathan gave an exquisite Bharatanatyam recital at the Music Academy's Spirit of Youth Festival on the 10th of August. After the invocatory piece on Lord Ganesha, Dakshina took up the Reeti Gowla varnam of the Tanjore Quartet, not an oft repeated one, perhaps even rare, the nayika longing for union with Lord Vishnu. Dakshina's flawless precise nritta of the jatis composed by Karaikkudi Sivakumar choreographed by Rama Vaidyanathan, mother of Dakshina, and the nritya of the artiste, particularly portraying the intense passion due to the effect of the arrows of Manmada and the nayika's longing for reunion with her lord, bore ample evidence of Dakshina's prowess, hard work and training imparted by her gurus Rama Vaidyanathan and Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan. This was the piece de-resistance of the recital.

It was further embellished by Mohana Kalyani padam of Ambujam Krishna depicting the entire deeds of Krishna with Krishna's love for the gopikas. Swati Thirunal's Hindi bhajan in khandita nayika bhava where the heroine chastises Krishna for having been with ‘another woman’ with love marks apparent on his face was very well portrayed. Dakshina's anga-shuddham, adavu-shuddham, and her very significant araimandi pose added richness to her fabulous stage presence.

With ample opportunities coming her way both in India and abroad, Dakshina will go places. The concept was enriched throughout with the excellent vocal support of Venkateswaran particularly in the Reeti Gowla varnam, and the energetic nattuvangam of Karaikkudi Sivakumar and percussion support of Arun Kumar with the pleasant violin by Sathish Kumar.