Dance mania in December
by Chitra Visweswaran
December 20, 2004
Varma’s performance, Chitra Visweswaran commenced her Chennai season recitals
with this presentation. She and her vocalist husband R Visweswaran dedicated
the evening’s performance to Carnatic musician late M S Subbalakshmi, ‘in
love, humility, respect and adoration.’ As a mark of respect to the departed
soul, the program started on a meditative note, to the Annamacharya kriti
‘Shriman Narayana’ made famous by the mellifluous voice of MS.
was thrice blessed to have learnt this directly at the feet of MS,” said
Chitra, adding, “not only musicians and rasikas, but dancers also draw
inspiration from great souls like MS maami. I always felt she was
one of my abhinaya gurus.”
of Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai, Chitra spoke about how new interpretations
over the years added to her maturity as an artiste. On vocal was Visweswaran
assisted by Uma Namboodiripad. Nattuvangam by Sukanya, mridangam by Adyar
K Gopinath, flute by R Thyagarajan, violin by Veeramani and tanpura by
Munuswami completed the music ensemble.
For artistes, it is a common grouse that those who are billed earlier exceed their performance time limit. It was good to see that all artistes concluded their recitals on time on both the evenings that I attended. For rasikas, the high cost of tickets during the December season is a cause for concern since many are unable to afford it. The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan should be lauded for making its festival free to the public.
by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in association with Kala Pradarshini).