MANASVINI, DAUGHTER and disciple of Revathi Ramachandran, is an enthusiastic young dancer with remarkable energy and talent. Her recital at the Yuva Utsav of Bharat Kalachar gave ample proof of her innate interest and zeal to achieve. Manasvini began her recital with a complex Alarippu composed by Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer, accompanied with a lively lyric glorifying the art of dance. Manasvini was completely in charge during this number.
The following piece was a Sabdam based on the story of the Ramayana up to Sita Kalyanam, again a composition of Mangudi Dorairaja Iyer. It would have been proper for a young dancer like Manasvini to go through the formal order of the repertoire and not leave out an intricate item like Jatiswaram, which is almost getting extinct in the present day performances.
The Jatiswaram actually sets the tone for a Bharatanatyam recital. The sequencing of this item after the Alarippu by the illustrious Quartett of Thanjavur should be given its due credit. The Varnam, Kolamayil by Madurai N. Krishnan gave the young dancer suitable scope to dwell on the glories of Lord Muruga.
Revathi's composition of the technical and the interpretative aspects of this varnam was enjoyable. However, Manasvini has to mature with age and experience to give that nonchalant touch to aspects of abhinaya. It would be too much to expect this from her at this point of time.
Also in the execution of adavus Manasvini has to concentrate on a firm footwork and clarity in movement. However, her understanding of the details of laya-oriented segments and her handling of the same was very impressive.
With hard work and deeper involvement, Manasvini is bound to reach greater heights under the guidance of her mother and teacher, Revathi Ramachandran.
Revathi conducted the recital with deep commitment, although at times she seemed anxious and was distracted by her daughter's performance. She was ably assisted by Randhini (Padma Seshadri sisters - vocal), Sakthivel (mridangam) and M. S. Kannan (violin).
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