THE FOUR-day festival of Sadhana and Nrutya Roopakotsava, 2005, organised in collaboration with local cultural groups, provided a unique opportunity to the art lovers of Hassan, to witness the talents from both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The inaugural flute concert of Smitha Kiran was melodious with crisp svara-kalpana. A.P. Srinivas on violin and Mysore Radhesh on mridanga gave adequate support.
Bharatanatya performance by Chetan Hebbar, disciple of guru Uma Rao, from the tradition of Kalakshetra, Chennai, was aesthetic. The artiste with his vast experience at the interstate and national festivals won the hearts of the audience in Thodi varna ("Rupamuchusi") and tillana in Hindola. Mediocrity of vocal and nattuvangam (Parimala Guruswamy and Prathima) were a setback to the elegance of the performance though Vidwan Ravishankar on mridanga was impressive.
Carnatic vocal music by Kottapalli Vandana from Andhra Pradesh at the same venue on the following day had an impressive tonal melody. Beginning with the composition of Purandara Dasa "Jaya Jaya Janaki Kantha" in Nata followed by Tyagaraja's "Varnarada Narayana" in Vijayasri the concert was pleasant in its presentation without much hassles of technique. Vidwan Shivasubramanyam on violin and Chakravarthi on mridanga adequately supported the artiste.
Traditional Mohiniattam ballet Narada Koravanji by Sridevi Unni and group from Bangalore was an impeccable performance. Mythological episode of Sri Krishna's marriage with Rukmini was portrayed with sublime abhinaya and gaits of Mohiniattam. Sridevi Unni as Koravanji and Shantha Menon as Sakhi were impressive with their professionalism.
Bharatanatya ballet by Ambale Rajeshwari and group at the same venue was not up to the mark. In her performance of the anthapura geethe, the director and choreographer, Ambale Rajeswari tried to convey the architectural dream of queen Shanthala's scuptural conception of Jakanachari. The kids put up an impressive performance. B.N.S. Murali's captivating vocal in combination with mridanga and tabla of Mysore H.L. Shivashankar elevated the show. A.V. Prakash, composer, accompanied on flute. Hamsa Nataraj as Shanthala was very expressive.
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