Dance mania in December
December 20, 2004
was full. Roja Kannan was giving a traditional Bharatanatyam recital. With
perfect timing, she finished her recital at 7.15pm and the Odissi performance
by Sonal Mansingh started as scheduled at 7.30pm. Starting with a Mangalacharan,
she finished with a lively item depicting the procession of Lord Jagannath.
Just before the start of the last item, Mansingh requested the house lights
to be turned on, so she could see the discerning Chennai rasikas gathered
to see her. She wanted to share her thoughts as the Chairman of Sangeet
Natak Akademi (New Delhi), with them.
her happiness at visiting Chennai every year for the December season, Mansingh
wanted to clear a common misconception that the format of Odissi lacks
the verve of Bharatanatyam. She said earnestly, “Rasikas, please consider
this. My elder sister and I look alike…but we are different. Odissi and
Bharatanatyam are like that. Both are derived from the Natya Sastra but
the feeling and character are different.”
It was very
heartening to note that the hall stayed full till the end of the day’s
by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in association with Kala Pradarshini).