Bharatanatyam performance by Sudharma Vaidyanathan, California based Sreelata
Suresh presented “Sankhya, Numbers and Creation.” Mercifully, the eyesore
of a décor used for Sudharma’s recital was removed.
The theme was
to do with numbers. Starting with an invocation, Sreelatha presented Ardhanari
ashtakam, Trimurthi-Trishakti, Chaturvedam - with samples of hymns from
the 4 Vedas, Panchabhoota (the 5 elements) varnam specially composed by
Kumbakonam Gajendran - the centerpiece of the evening’s recital, the Chakras,
Sapthaswaras or 7 musical notes, Ashta rasas – the 8 emotions and so on.
Mrs. Y G Parthasarathy
observed that it was a very meticulously researched and presented project,
supported by the ‘overpowering nattuvangam’ of her guru Delhi Krishnamoorthy.
Sreelatha gave a crisp and brief introduction before commencing each item.
Since the recital extended beyond 2 hours, the audience slowly started
dwindling, till there were only a few left at the conclusion. That was
a pity because the theme was something different for the season and it
was a pleasure to watch the tall and slender dancer perform with such sincerity
It is not possible
to cut down any item, as that would make the theme meaningless. So much
of hard work has been put in, that it would have been best justified if
presented as the only performance for the evening.
sang and conducted the recital. He was assisted by Padmanabhan on mridangam,
Nagaraju on violin and Srinivasan on flute.
by Bharat Kalachar).