Committed artiste from Japan
AS PART of the 50th year of Indo-Japan Diplomatic relationship, ABK-AOTS Dosokai, Tamil Nadu Centre, organised recently the screening of a Japanese Video film and a Kuchipudi dance recital by Keiko Watanabe at the Russian Cultural centre. Keiko, at present, is a student of Sailaja of Saila Sudha School of Kuchipudi. Keiko's presentation that evening revealed hard work and sincere efforts. Right from the start, Keiko's performance was marked by good control and confidence. Her understanding of the intricacies of the art form deserves praise. She expressed in every movement, a serious, committed approach.
Keiko, however, needs to concentrate more on the nuances of facial expressions and perfection in certain unique movements of this art form. Especially on the delineations of hand gestures and foot work, Keiko has to acquire better grip. Also she has to avoid harshness while executing some of the pure dance movements.
Keiko commenced the evening's performance with an invocatory number in praise of Lord Ganesa which was followed by a composition of Annamacharya, describing the beauty of the gait of Goddess Alamelumanga. Keiko's presentation of this piece was lively and spirited. The main composition was ``Maragadha mani maya," addressed to Lord Krishna and speaks of His gloriesKeiko needs to focus on aspects of elaboration and corresponding nuances of abhinaya. With further training under a dedicated teacher like Sailaja, Keiko is bound to shine well. Sailaja ably conducted the recital with solid orchestral support from excellent vocalist Radha Badri, percussionist Nellai D. Kannan, Violinist Sikhamani and versatile young Muthukumar, the flutist, all of whom added dignity to Keiko's performance.
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