A. Ramalinga Sastry
Visakha Music Academy's anniversary festival concluded with good instrumental recitals and dance performances.
BODY LANGUAGE The dance recital at Kalabharati.
The six-day festival of music and dance by Visakha Music Academy, commemorating its 36th anniversary, ended in a grand finale at Kalabharati on November 30.
The last two days of the fete featured a melodious veena recital by E. Gayatri from Chennai, winner of many a title and award, and impressive Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi recitals by Rajyasri Ramesh and her disciple Vinoda Tambi Pillai from Berlin.
With excellent support on mridangam by noted Akashvani staffer, V.V. Ramana Murthy, and ghatam by Madipakkam A. Murali from Chennai, Gayatri made an exquisite effort in projecting a panorama not only of the fine techniques of playing the veena but also of the classicism of Carnatic music.
The highlights were the elaboration of Bhuvaneeswarya (Mohana Kalyani), Nannubrovu (Lalitha) and Nadachinadachi (Kharaharapriya) with aalapana extending into tanam in Ragamalika, comprising Dhanyasi, Purvikalyani, Saraswathi and Kannada. The krithi concluded with intense neravu, swaram and a scintillating thani.
Rajyasri, a permanent settler in Germany, is an excellent choreographer and has travelled widely.
She is well-known for her ardent efforts to promote Bharatanatyam by performing all over the globe. She is a much sought after teacher and a researcher as well.
The presentation of dances by both the danseuses, Rajyasri in particular, turned out to be an ode to the Pandanallur tradition of Bharatanatyam as also the fine style of Kuchipudi created by Vempati China Satyam.
To start with, Vinoda cast a spell by presenting Ganesapanchakam set in Ragatalamalika and Ambhashtakam in Ragamalika in the Kuchipudi style. Then followed a picturesque performance of the Navanayika bhavams.
The depiction of yoga sadhana, starting from the invocation of the Mooladharachakra and culminating in the Sahasrarawere excellent in their portrayal. Rajyasri's choreography and emphatic body language was a treat to the eyes.
Vocals by noted Carnatic exponent Neela Ramanujam from Coimbatore, nattuvangam by the Principal of the Kuchipudi Kalakshetram, Harirama Murthy, mridangam by Kantilal, veena by M.V. Satyanarayana and flute by T. Atchutha Rao, constituted the excellent backdrop of music.
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