Dance mania in December
Nirupama, Rajendra & Abinava Dance Group
December 21, 2004
Trained under gurus Kumudhini Lakhia and Maya Rao, Bangalore-based Kathak duo Nirupama and Rajendra are known for their blend of traditional and creative movements. The Abinava Dance Group started their recital with a vandana to Lord Ganapathy. The Sanskrit mantras were sung in symphony style by the Abinava Music ensemble, to music composed by Atul and Ajay from Mumbai.
based on the Bhagavad Purana, was a vibrant piece in Brijbhasha, set to
music composed by Praveen Rao. Clad in attractive, colorful costumes, the
gopis whirled around the stage, standing out against a black backdrop studded
with numerous twinkling stars.
Expressing her pride in being a Kathak performer hailing from the South, Nirupama feels the knowledge of other classical dance forms prevalent here, definitely has an influence on her movements. She feels this enriches the nuances of one’s performance. Angikam involved the many elements that she has learnt from these dance styles. The idea behind the music composed by Thirumalai Srinivas, is that the combination of Carnatic, Hindustani and new age beats would appeal to the younger generation.
The duet Ta-Dha was recently choreographed by guru Kumudhini Lakhia who gave structure to the item. Nirupama and Rajendra worked on the other aspects - concept, the kind of music it featured, designing the costumes and lighting, and recording the original score by Praveen Rao, which is a blend of Indian and African percussion and world music.
The final group item was one of pure, joyous rhythm and the group deservedly earned the thunderous applause. The meticulous training and hard work that had gone into the presentation, the gorgeous costumes and flowing dance movements made the evening an undeniably aesthetic experience. A captivating show like this naturally invited a lot of appreciative comments from the audience members and dance gurus like CV Chandrasekar who remarked, "A wonderful performance like this shows the dedication and sincerity of the artistes. One can see the painstaking rehearsals and hard work that has gone into it."
it like to perform here in Chennai during the season?
the difference between performing in Chennai and Bangalore?
have they set for themselves?
This has been our path and....we are enjoying this path.”