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Interesting rainbow of dances at Kuchipudi Parampara Utsav 2018
- Dr. M. Surya Prasad

November 29, 2018
The fifth edition of Natya Parampara Utsav 2018 under the aegis of Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation led by seasoned dancer-guru Deepa Narayanan on Oct 28, 2018 at the Seshadripuram First Grade College Auditorium, Bengaluru, created an interesting rainbow of dances. In a fine gesture, the festival was dedicated to late Guru Vempati Ravi Shankar. It was also praiseworthy that veteran Kuchipudi Yakshagana maestro Guru Bhagavatula Ramamurthy and prolific dancer-guru Dr. Ranjani Ganesan Ramesh were felicitated on the occasion.

Y. Srinivasulu
In an excellent opening Kuchipudi natya performance by Krithi Ashok, a student of Seshadripuram College and trained by Sridevi Srijan created an authentic ambience of Kuchipudi dance by rendering neatly Vani paraku followed by the popular pillari geethas of Purandaradasa. The choreographic skills of Dr. Vasanth Kiran, Professor and Head of Dept. of Dance, Reva University, got vibrantly reflected in the exploration of the swaras of the geetha resulting in a brisk and bright nritta.

A child prodigy and a prominent disciple of Deepa Narayanan, Haripriya did her guru proud by sketching the greatness of Lord Rama on the basis of an Annamacharya ragamalika krithi. She could strike an even balance between bhava and laya. Deepa Narayanan's abilities as an authentic traditional Kuchipudi natya guru (Dr.Vempati's bani) came to the fore. Haripriya's depiction of various characters and episodes was applauded. The Tharangam (ragamalika) was a spellbinding performance. One could enjoy the nuances of Kuchipudi natya at its best.

Highly talented dancer-couple Girish Chandra and Devi Girish reminded us of the greatness of Guru Vempati by rendering his composition sung by late Vempati Ravi Shankar. The coordination and the synchronizations of thought and actions impressed the audience. Brilliant performance of Kuchipudi by Srividya Angara Sinha, Uttara Antherjenam's graceful Odissi and profound portrayal of Pratinayaka patras in Kuchipudi Yakshaganam by Dr. Yeleswarapu Srinivasulu evoking nostalgic memories, were the other interesting parts of the dance festival.                               
Dr. M. Surya Prasad is a music and dance scholar and critic, organizer, educationist,   researcher and translator based in Bangalore.