of Arudra Festival
November 19, 2006
'Omkara Shakti Swarupa' was the first presentation for the evening by Bharatanatyam dancer Shobana Balachandra and her disciples from Chennai. Starting with the group item 'Ganesh Kautuvam' seeking the blessings of the almighty, Pavithra Ramesh, the child prodigy presented a wonderful little solo piece.
a Varnam based on lord Murugan. Neat nritya, angashuddhi, grace and use
of the stage space was striking, showing the great strides this artist
has been making with each of her performances. 'Shakti' was a neat presentation
by Shobana's disciples.
'Kavadi' dance was performed with a lot of enthusiasm. The energetic Tillana was presented by four artists from the troupe, marked by beautiful synchronization at high speed rhythms.
The high quality
of the performance by Shobana Balachandra and her troupe was proof of the
dedication and hard work that has gone into the presentation. Anita Venkatesh,
Poornima Nair, Pramila Ramesh, Kritika Shurajit were the young disciples
who surely made their guru proud with their performance.
Srihari and Tushar Bhat are graduates from Karnataka's well known academy, Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, Bangalore. Srihari and Chetana are currently gaining proficiency under guru Kumudini Lakhia. May their journey of dance go on and on, and give lot of happiness and recognition to them.
Organizing an event of the magnitude of Arudhra is in itself an immense task, but there are certain things that organizers as well as rasikas need to pay attention to, to do away with unwanted blemishes. The lights were set when the audience was in full attendance, and the same applied to the sound check too. A good number of audience members for the evening comprised of senior citizens, but basic amenities like access to a wash room was absent. I was told there was only one for which one had to go through the stage! And considering the distance one has to travel in Bangalore to get to a destination, this is definitely a hardship for anyone! Having the experience of organizing the earlier nine annual festivals, should not the organizer pay attention to these details too?
we need to realize that mobiles ringing and silent messaging are distracting
and rude when a performance is going on and the artists on stage are giving
it their all.
Sivakumar is a Bharatanatyam dancer based in Pune. Her husband P Sivakumar
has a passion for the arts and is a freelance writer. He is a collector
of dance related news clippings.