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Keeping it simple

Poornima Shekar performed Bharatanatyam at Triveni Kala Sangam recently.



A CONTAINED APPROACH Poornima Shekar in New Delhi.

Poornima Shekar performed Bharatanatyam at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi the other day. Poornima is a senior student of Vani Rajmohan, disciple and daughter of the late Guru K.J. Govindarajan. A contained approach and avoidance of ostentation were pleasing qualities of the recital.

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The centrepiece of the programme was the varnam in the raga Ranjani. A composition of Guru Govindarajan, the varnam describes the state of the nayika in separation, who beseeches her sakhi to unite her with her lord, without whom she finds no pleasure in life. Poornima's adavus, while generally neat, would benefit from some thought to contrast in movement. Emphasising the strong and soft movements would add character to the dance. In the Tamil padam, Adathu asangathu, the abhinaya was done with zest. In this padam, mother Yashoda tells Krishna not to go dancing and skipping about, as the whole universe trembles when he does so. Shiva actually leaves Tillai (Chidambaram) to take a peek at Krishna dancing. It was a beautiful example of the poetic imagination that weaves human situations out of great mythic events.

Following the tillana in raga Desh, Adi tala, the recital came to a close on a serene note with `Buddham Saranam', a Hindi composition of G. Elangovan dedicated to Lord Buddha. Elangovan sang while Vani led the orchestra with the nattuvangam. Bejanki Krishna provided the mridangam support and VSK Annadurai was on the violin.

ANJANA RAJAN

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