performance by Shreya Mambakkam
Shreya Mambakkam, a resident of San Jose, USA gave a memorable Bharatanatyam performance at the Sankara Matam, Skandagiri in Secunderabad on the 6th of August. Shreya started learning dance from her mother and guru Suganda Sreenath Iyer of Jayendra Kalakendra USA. She has also been learning from gurus V P Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan for the past few years, perfecting this ancient and venerable art form.
I saw Shreya’s
mother perform when she was 12 and I must say today’s performance took
me back to that date. Despite being born and brought up in the USA, I am
impressed by the dedication and effort put in by Shreya in displaying the
Bhavam, Ragam and Layam associated with each item she presented. Her precise
footwork and crisp expressions made each grandmother assembled here to
think that it is their own grand daughter performing! Shreya’s grandmother
sat with rapt attention soaking in everything her grand daughter did, be
it ‘Natanam Aadinaar’ or the crisp Thillana in Kedara Gowla. Shreya’s grandfather
beamed with pride as he moved around taking pictures. This performance
will remain in our memory for a long time to come.
with Jathiswaram in Kalyani ragam and Rupaka talam. Keertanam in praise
of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi was very well appreciated by the receptive audience.
The Keertanam was set in ragam Saranga and talam Adi. Natanam Aadinar in
the traditional Kalakshetra style followed, drew applause from the audience
for her elegant rendition. She concluded her performance with a Thillana
in Kedara Gowla ragam and Adi talam.