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Talented duo

THERE HAS been a rash of art promoters diluting the quality of the fare offered, especially in the field of dance. Thin audience and substandard programmes are the inevitable results. The ways of the organisers are far too imaginative to explain, as their norms in promoting known and less known dancers vary from time to time, depending probably on the principle of supply and demand.

The organisers of Shrishti festival which recently presented a series of music and Bharatanatyam programmes by artistes, some well-known and some aspiring, had chosen the wrong time of the year _ Deepavali round the corner and December not far away. It was pathetic to see the poor audience response. The dance recital of Kiran and Sandhya from Bangalore was not an exception to this trend. The couple who had earlier worked with Padmini Ravi are under the guidance of the Dhananjayans. A good show not very well attended.

The handsome young couple were well-co-ordinated and revealed hard work in their performance. Both exhibited considerable talent. After the invocatory number, the duo moved on to the main piece, focussing on the glory of Lord Krishna. Setting the different Divine Names of the deity into the Varnam format was interesting giving them enough scope for elaborating on the varied glories of the divine form.

The two adopted a lively approach by dancing in an alternating course during the episodic narrations. Sandhya was more graceful in conveying the ideas, while Kiran seemed more energetic and vigorous. Kiran's nritta had neat lines but was devoid of any grace or emotion. The couple displayed the nritta nuances that the Dhananjayans have introduced in the Bharatanatyam format. This included traces of Odissi and Kuchipudi footwork.

There was nothing, however, which could be describes moving abhinaya as in a traditional Varnam which would generate a deep emotional experience. The couple had a supportive orchestra, except the mridangam player (Ramesh Babu) who was rather loud and followed a dramatic technique which did not provide any soothing effect.

NANDINI RAMANI

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