June 24, 2006
Educators Association/ IDEA presented an "Afternoon of Ashtapadis" to welcome
new members and patrons. The program was held on Sunday June 11, 2006 in
Gaithersburg, Maryland. The performance was presented in an intimate atmosphere
which allowed the audience to enjoy the nuances of the Abhinaya pieces
based on Jayadeva's Ashtapadis.
The MC for the program was Shobha Subramaniam, who rendered an invocation in her melodious voice. This was followed by "Dasavatar" presented by Christel Stevens in Manipuri style. The program continued with solo presentations of various Ashtapadis depicting Radha in a range of moods in several styles of dance. Janaki Rangarajan presented the third and the twelfth ashtapadis in Bharatanrityam style, depicting the spring season and longing of Radha. Vani Ramesh then presented the fourth ashtapadi in Bharatanatyam, describing Radha full of despair as she trembles and laments her beloved's absence. This was followed by a Kuchipudi presentation by Lakshmi Babu depicting two engaging springs of human life –Srinagara and Viraha.
Bagni Das then
performed the third ashtapadi in Odissi style depicting the joyous season
of spring. The program ended with a Bharatanatyam presentation by the duo
Shruthi and Deepti Mukund in which Radha is the Khandita Nayika.
Vattikuti is a Kathak dancer/choreographer/teacher who resides in Virginia.
She has received many awards including Master Teacher/ State of Virginia
and Local Dance Commission from Kennedy Center.