Kaleidoscope of Indian dance forms
SANSKRUTHI ACADEMY of Arts, established by Jaya Neil, had recently organised `Parampara a Festival of Indian Dances' to showcase dance forms. The festival, organised at the Panchayat Primary School ground in Cheran Maa Nagar, pulled vast crowds that stayed on till late in the night. Following the vocal, dance and veena recitals by the students of `Sanskruthi,' a rich fare was offered by renowned dance troupes from Kerala, Tiruchi (Old Students of Kalaikkaaveri) and students from various schools in Chennai and Coimbatore. The troupes from Tamil Nadu presented traditional Bharatanatyam for the songs, `Muzhumudhal Iraiva' and `Mooshika Vahana.' Then they delighted the audience with Karagattam, Kummi, Oyilattam, Mayilattam and snake dance.
When the artiste who essayed the role of a peacock spread her wings and broke into a dance of victory, the viewers felt a thrill coursing through them. There were also glimpses of Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom. An emotion-filled action drama followed with swift and powerful movements and intense facial expressions. The dance of Siva for `Bho Shambo' was dignified.
Subhiksha Pai, disciple of Shobana Balachandra, exhibited grace and poise during her dance recital at Nani Palkhiwala Auditorium, as part of the Music and Dance Festival organised by Rajalakshmi Fine Arts, Coimbatore. After propitiating Lord Ganesha with `Sri Ganapathini' in Sowrashtram, she passed on to the enjoyable varnam by Papanasam Sivan in Sriranjani, `Saami,' and `Nee Manamirangi.'
The rich sahitya lent itself for excellent abhinaya and nimble footwork. Bharathiyar's `Mazhai', was presented effectively portraying the thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. This piece was set not only in Ragamalika but also in Thalamalika, with varying beats.
A bhajan by Tulsidas, describing the efficacy of Ramapaada, was presented with due emphasis for each of the episodes, for example, `Ahalya's Shapa Vimochanam.'The music troupe headed by Radha Badri of Chennai (vocal), T. K. Padmanabhan (violin) and Vijayaraghavan (mridangam) helped enhance the appeal of Subhiksha's dance.
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