Chennai January Season performances 
by Lalitha Venkat, Chennai 
Photos: Lalitha Venkat 
January 13, 2004 @ Y G P Auditorium for Bharat Kalachar 

Bharatanatyam by R Vineeth, Chennai 

Vineeth is a well-known figure as a hero in South Indian films. What is less known is his prowess as a classical dancer. After initial training in Calicut under Kalamandalam Saraswathi, he joined Nrityodaya and has been Padma Subrahmanyam’s student for the last few years. His performance at Bharat Kalachar on January 13th was his first full-length solo recital in Chennai, where he displayed the true Bharata Nrittam style of his guru.  

Vineeth started his recital with a Pushpanjali, a composition of Balamurali Krishna on Ganesha, Hanuman and Krishna. The 2nd item was a varnam dedicated to religious harmony. Apart from the usual popular stories in praise of Lord Venkateswara, there was also reference to two Muslim saints – Tulaka Nachiyar to whom there is a shrine in the Srirangam temple and the saint poet Salabeg of Orissa. The lyrics were by Padma Subrahmanyam and the music by B Kannan. 

The last item was Jayadeva’s ashtapadi Priye Charusheele, which was set to music by Padma in a ‘ragam close to the Gowda desa from where Jayadeva hailed’.  The music ensemble for the evening was vocal and nattuvangam by Padma Subrahmanyam, vocal by Gayatri Kannan, mridangam by Sudhaman, violin by Thanjavur Babu and flute by Venkatesh.  

Mrs. Y G P commended Vineeth on his performance, calling it a ‘manly portrayal’ and congratulated him on his bagging roles in 2 forthcoming Hollywood films.