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Spirited performance



Prof. C. V. Chandrasekhar... thrilled the audience.

WITH ASTONISHING dedication and utmost reverence to tradition, and charged with tremendous energy veteran Prof. C. V. Chandrasekhar thrilled the audience at the Narada Gana Sabha, with his spirited performance. The dancer, teacher and scholar, during every minute of his performance, revealed his deep passion to uphold the excellence of his chosen tradition.

"Gayiye Ganapati" is a favourite number of C. V. Chandrasekhar and it came out beautifully describing the foremost of Gods. "Manavi Cheikona Raada", the well-known varnam of the Thanjavur Quartet that followed, was bright and crisp, with sparkling, gem-like, sharp theermanams, and was presented with ease and grace by the dancer. The lyrical content was aptly explored, although with limited ideas. The latter part of the varnam from the muktayi was vibrant and had an enjoyable arudi pattern.

"Sri Parthasarathina", a Muthuswami Dikshitar kriti, which followed the varnam, was sung beautifully by the main singer Sarayu Srinivasan, although she could have avoided splitting the first word wrongly many times by singing, "Sri Parthasarathy Naa"; whereas it should be sung as one word "Sri Parthasarathina", to denote — "by the Lord Parthasarathy, I am protected". In this number, the veteran gave a beautiful portrayal of the episode of "Gitopadesa" and the "Viswaroopa" of the Lord, without dramatising or exaggerating at any point.

There was a smooth flow of the episodic narration, which spoke volumes of the dancer's expertise. Jaya Chandrasekhar conducted the recital in the most unassuming manner. Sarayu Srinivasan (vocal), Adyar Balu (mridangam), Muthukumar (flute), T. K. Padmanabhan (violin) and Priyasree V. Rao (vocal assistance) performed their roles efficiently.

NANDINI RAMANI

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