Afternoon of Ashtapadis  
- Asha Vattikuti, Virginia  

June 24, 2006 


Indian Dance 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. 

Christel Stevens
Janaki Rangarajan
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. 

Asha 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.