Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav 2017
February 27, 2017
The ‘Mylapore Trio’ Amarnath, Surendranath and Aparna with Sugathan (Kalakshetra alumni and cultural ambassadors of Mylapore) and members of Sri Sumukhi Rajasekharan Memorial Foundation conducted the 11th Year Visesha Kala Poshakam Utsav for dance from 27th to 31st January at Tag-P.S.Dakshinamurthi Auditorium, Chennai. This natya utsav was in commemoration of Rajasekharan and Sumukhi’s 100th birth anniversary. Dancers across India gave solo and group performances through the week. The five day natya utsav was a spiritual journey visiting holy places, worshipping great gods like Ganesha, Padmanabha, Jagannath, Rama, Krishna, Shiva and the goddesses Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, through the keerthanams, javalis, padams and thillanas.
The first performance on day one was a neat Bharatanatyam recital by Meghna Venkat and her disciples (Nritya Nadam) from Bangalore followed by a graceful and elegant group Mohiniattam performance by Swathy Mohan, Amrita and Syama from Sri Sankaracharya University. Kalady, Kerala. Second day started with a Kuchipudi recital by Bala Tripurasundari’s disciples (Abhinaya Vani Nrithya Niketan) from Hyderabad, which was traditional and authentic. Reshma Nagar and her disciples (Synchrony Kathak Dance Academy) from Surat presented an energetic Kathak performance and along with a dozen of dancers including 3 tiny tots, showcased their talents.
Third day of the fest triggered with an outstanding and colourful Odissi performance by Madhulita Mohapatra and her disciples (Nrityantar Dance Ensemble) from Bangalore. This was followed by a Kathak performance by Moumala Nayak and her disciples (Rudraksh) from New Delhi, with a thematic presentation on ‘Kala Chakra’, which was remarkable. Day four started with a vibrant and scintillating Kuchipudi performance by Kalpana’s disciples (Pratisrut Art-IITM) from IIT- Madras, with a full live orchestra. Next was a dazzling and admirable Bharatanatyam presentation by Praveen Kumar’s disciples (Chithkala School of Dance) from Bangalore. On the final day of the natya utsav, Sonali Mishra from USA presented a vivacious Odissi recital. All the artists were honored with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Foundation.
On this occasion 215 children from kids to teens, who participated in 18 competitions based on the theme ‘Nature’ under three categories viz., Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Academic Arts in the 15th Year ‘Marghazhi Bala Utsavam’ received their prizes, medals, certificates and special prizes from the seasoned performers on these five days.