Dance mania continues in January
by Rasika Kumar
January 8, 2005
|We read about
how classical dancers now residing outside India are doing well in their
field. They run successful dance institutions, imparting their knowledge
to the new generation, and help keep this ancient art alive. We often wonder
if their children, born and brought up there, have chosen to follow in
their parents’ footsteps, and if so, how proficient they are. A good opportunity
to find out is to attend the performances of some of these artistes who
perform here during the dance and music season.
daughter of Mythili Kumar, presented a traditional solo Bharatanatyam recital
on the rather small stage of Raga Sudha Hall. Given the space restrictions,
the stately 5’11” tall dancer did an admirable job of space management!
After the pushpanjali dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, Rasika presented
the popular varnam ‘Mohamana….’ The padam ‘Jagadodarana’ and javali ‘Appadoodukulo’
were taught to her by guru Kalanidhi Narayan. The thillana completed her
spirited recital. Rasika’s sister Malavika provided neat support on the
nattuvangam, accompanied by Chitrambari on vocal, Karthik on mridangam
and Srinivasan on violin.
Dancer Lakshmi Viswanathan neatly summed up Rasika’s prowess when she said, “It is amazing to see children born and brought up in the US do so much justice to a Bharatanatyam performance. Bharatanatyam has made them realize what it is to be an artiste, especially a classical artiste. It is the greatness of the art.” Mythili’s guru Indira Rajan complimented Malavika for her concentration on the dancer and keeping rhythm accordingly, and wondered if she would have the good fortune to perform in the US with Malavika doing nattuvangam for her!
After completing her undergrad studies in the US, Rasika has just spent three months in Chennai practicing dance, dance and more dance under the guidance of Bharatanatyam guru C V Chandrasekhar and abhinaya from guru Kalanidhi Narayan.
her interest in dance start?
interfere with her dance training?
she spend the season?
on the audience – the poor turnout?