FAST VIBRANT movements balanced by leisurely abhinaya marked the recent Bharatanatyam recital by A. Lakshmanan for Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. Though somewhat short of stature, he made it up with effective use of the space on the stage and a few jumps and leaps. Beginning with a Pushpanjali in Malayamarudam composed by Regi George, he chose to perform an Alarippu set to Tisra Triputa.
The main item was the Nattakurinji varnam "Varanamukava" by T. V. Gopalakrishnan. Though it was pleasant as a composition, particularly in the appealing use of the raga, in the first half it did not offer much scope for sancharas; it was not easy to understand the story behind the one Lakshmanan did for the pallavi. The theermanams were brisk marked by firm footwork. In the sahityas, for the swarams after the charanam, he depicted the stories of Ganesha and Muruga competing for the mango fruit brought by sage Narada and the role of Ganesha in the wedding of Valli and Muruga. Various emotions of different characters were brought out well in these sancharas. On the whole, in this long piece, the pauses for taking rest were too obvious and could have been better camouflaged.
The post varnam session began with an Ashtapadi in Behag, which depicted a somewhat erotic scene between Radha and Krishna; the whole item was performed seated by Lakshmanan; the role of Radha was more in this Ashtapadi and the artiste portrayed the female emotions and expressions well.
The recital concluded with Bala Muralikrishna's Tillana in Kadanakutuhalam.
Excellent vocal support was provided by Hariprasad; his raga alapana of Nattakurinji earned him a well deserved applause from the audience.
Nattuvangam was by Murali. The accompanists included Sikamani on the violin and Nellai Kannan on the mridangam.
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