Skilful selection of items marked Rajasree Warrier's Bharatanatyam recital at Thrissur.
Aesthetics of a combined style.
DANCER AND television anchor Rajasree Warrier gave a captivating Bharatanatyam recital on the third day of the Vadakkunnathan Mahasivarathri Dance and Music Festival, Thrissur. Rajasree enthralled the audience for an-hour-and-a-half with dexterity in both performance and selection of items.
Banking on the aesthetics of a combined style of both the Pandanallur and Vazhavoor schools, Rajasree, currently under the tutelage of Guru Jayanti Subrahmanyam of Chennai, began the recital with `Nandi theerumanam,' based on the concept of Nandi and the dance syllables `nam' and `ti,' set to ragam Vasantha and tisra eka talam. This was followed by `Sivasakthi,' an adaptation from Subrahmanya Bharati's `Sivasaktikoothu,' which praises the lord, and choreographed in Sivasakti ragam and adi talam.
Rajasree was at her best in the presentation of the pada varnam `Swamiye azhaithu vaadi,' a composition of Ponnaiyya Pillai of the Tanjore quartet. Set to Khamas ragam and adi talam, this piece was composed by her guru, V. Mydhili. The piece showcased Rajasree's adavus and anga shuddhi. The vocal support of Kavalam Sajeev and the other accompanying artistes added grace to the presentation of the choreography.
However, the audience enjoyed more the item that succeeded the varnam. It depicted the story of Krishna and the gopikas and the complaint of the gopikas to Krishna's mother Yasoda. The piece, `Chikkavane ivano,' was set to ragamalika (Yamuna Kalyani, Sindhu Bhairavi, Vrindavana Saranga and Chenchurutti) and adi talam.
The Madurai Meenakshi stuti `Devi neeye tunai' of Papanasivam Sivan, composed in Keeravani ragam and adi talam, was the next item. It described the story of Madurai Meenakshi from the time of her birth as the daughter of Kanchana Mala. Rajasree concluded the recital with a tillana, a composition of Lalgudi Jayaraman in Ragesri ragam and adi talam.
Anirudh Vasudevan (nattuvangam), Muttara Rajendran (mridangam) and Kasaragod Ganaraj (violin) were the accompanying artistes.
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