Neelima Satyanand's recital featured dual styles.
TWINKLE TOES Neelima performing Kuchipudi at Simhachalam temple.
Neelima Satyanand is a name to reckon with among those hailed for their achievements in Bharatanatyam. No wonder her recital stood apart in the annual fete of Sri Simhagiri Nrisimha Swamy Kalyanotsavam on the premises of Sri Simhachala Devasthanam recently.
Neelima, a student of classical dance at Nrityakalaabharathi of Bharateeya Vidya Kendram received the expert tutelage of its principal, noted natyacharya Avasarala Rukmaji Rao. On the occasion, she presented items in both Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi styles.
Starting off on a devotional note with Sthuthipancharatnam, she paid obeisance to Vighneswara, Sankara, Kumaraswamy, Durga and Lord Krishna. The piece was set to music by Madurai T.N. Krishnan in Pancha raga taalamalika. Depicting the Hiranyakasipu Samharam as described in Kadiri Nrisimhudu by Annamayya, she set herself into an absorbing mood. Then came the popular show about the childhood pranks of Krishna through Chinna chinna padam in Tamil by Ambujam Krishnan, set to music in the raga Kapi. The next item, Manasa Sancharare of Sadasivabrahmendra, prefixed with three slokas from Narayaneeyam of Srinarayana Bhattar, was well executed in Kuchipudi style. Then followed the Dasavatara dance in the same tradition. Dancing her way into the hearts of all alike, Neelima concluded her recital with abhinaya to a few slokas from Srilakshmi Nrisimhakaravalaba Sthotra of Sankaracharya and a scintillating thillana in Bharatanatyam. Expert nattuvangam by guru Rukmaji Rao, ably supported by T. Suguna Rani, and the music team comprising M. Venkata Rao (vocal), Y.P.S. Madhubabu (mridangam) and KVS Prasad (violin) performed well.
A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
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