NATYANJALI TRUST, established by Jayalakshmi Satagopan, dancer of yester year and a senior disciple of Pandanallur Subbaraya Pillai, was known for her passion for promoting talented young dancers and propagating Bharatanatyam. After her demise, daughter Prema Satish, also hailing from the same dance lineage, is continuing the good work.
During the three-day event organised by Natyanajali Trust recently, Pavitra Dorai, disciple of Shailaja Ramji, herself a disciple of Sudharani Raghupati, gave a pleasant performance. Accompanying her was V. Smruthi. Both dancers gave proof of considerable skill in their recital.
Pavitra Dorai has a pleasing graceful stage presence and a face that exudes tranquillity and composure.
With deeper understanding and training, Pavitra is sure to shine in the handling of the nuances of abhinaya. While attending to the Nritta aspects, Pavitra exhibited sufficient control and confidence, although she has to work to achieve perfection with regard to the position of feet and accuracy in footwork. Pavitra exhibited a good rhythmical sense and exercised firm grip while executing the different Nritta segments, including the crisp arudis.
The Brahma Sandhi, the first part of the Varnam (``Maaye," Madurai N. Krishnan)) ``Durge" (song) and tillana in a nutshell (of the same composer) were presented by Pavitra in a lively manner. Mention must be made Pavitra's hand delineations which were extended with a very leisurely soft approach adding a special touch. If she takes care to use her mobile face to convey expressions, she can communicate various moods more powerfully.
Pavitra's partner was V. Smruthi with a chubby charming face that is quite expressive. She was lively in her attempt to interpret the lyrical contents of the items (Agni Sandhi, latter part of the Varnam, Durge and Tillana) that she performed. But her basic posture, movements, or details of adavu structures lacked perfection and proper training. Shailaja should focus on emphasising the importance of thorough basic training in esssential requisites, without which it will be disastrous for the art and the young aspirants who wish to venture into the field.
Shailaja conducted the recital with good grip. Saranya Krishnan, a bright student of senior musician Suguna Purushottaman, gave vibrant vocal support. However, Aniruddha, the young and versatile percussionist, remained the major attraction of the evening , rendering an enjoyable support to the orchestra.
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