stimulation to the senses
September 20, 2006
also saw the inauguration of Natyaveda by Chandrasekhar and Jaya Chandrasekhar.
Natyaveda is a non-profit organization that endeavors to showcase Indian
classical dance at the highest level. Guru Chandrasekhar’s performance
is an excellent example of this. Inaugurating the organization, he recited
Shlokas from Natyasastra that described how Brahma created the Natyaveda
as an essence of the four Vedas, which therefore could aptly be called
the Fifth Veda. Chandrasekhar presented a plaque to Vani Iswara, founder
director of Natyaveda, to mark the auspicious occasion. Natyaveda brought
the day's performance together, in association with Ellora Center of Performing
Arts, a premier center for Indian classical dance in the Dallas Fort Worth
The presentation opened with traditional Pushpanjali, a Shlokam from Abhinaya Darpanam, followed by Alarippu in Tisra usi (off beat). Pushpanjali was unique with the Sollukattu from Natyasastra. Sri Ganapatini, a very popular Thyagaraja Kriti in Sourashtra was next. The traditional Varnam Chalamela in Natakuranji captivated the audience with the complex Jatis that were made to look easy by the legendary dancer.
The audience was led on an enchanting journey of Draupadi Vastrapaharanam in the last part of the Sahitya. Chandrasekhar introduced the different items himself and explained the significance of the Keertanam that followed. Keertanam on Lord Kapaliswara composed by Papanasam Sivan had beautiful expressions and with what seemed like utmost effortlessness, Chandrasekhar transformed the stage into the Kapaliswara temple. In the Ashtapadi, Nindati Chandana, he expressively captured the sakhi's descriptions of Radha's pain on her separation from Lord Krishna.
The program also included a Bhajan Mayya Mori, a composition of Surdas set to Ragamalika, rendered by Minakshi Muralidhar. It was a dream come true for Chandrasekhar and the vocalist who is his aunt, to perform together on stage. He transformed himself into the mischievous little Krishna while performing this extempore piece.
The concluding Thillana in Natta Bhairavi was in praise of Rukmini Devi Arundale for her contribution to the field of Bharatanatyam in which the maestro awestruck the audience with his swift and graceful movements.
Orchestra comprising of nattuvangam by Jaya Chandrasekhar, vocal by Venkatraman Subramaniam and Minakshi Muralidhar, violin by Narasimha Kikkeri and mridangam by Ramesh Babu added more color to the already vibrant program.
was an experience that each and everyone in the audience admired, cherished
and acclaimed. It left everyone feeling grateful for having the opportunity
to see a genius at work.