Chip of the old block
Starting on a sedate note, Yamini gave a masterly exposition of the dance drawing all round admiration
Yamini proved yet again that she is a chip off the old block. The talented daughter of the legendary couple of Kuchipudi Raja and Radha Reddy, young Yamini might be diminutive but she added inches to her heights with a bravura Kuchipudi solo recital as a tribute to the memory of the late dancing legend Sanjukta Panigrahi. The evening was organised by Bhubaneswar Music Circle as part of the `Sangeetayana' programme in collaboration with the State Department for Cultural Affairs and the renowned Raja Reddy was also present on the occasion to introduce the Kuchipudi dance form and his daughter.
Yamini began her recital with a paean to Lord Ganesha. The rather quiet beginning belied the kind of terpsichorean fireworks reserved for the subsequent items.
The second item was a Pandit Ravi Shankar-composed tarana in raag Natabhairavi choreographed by Raja Reddy himself. Yamini gave a good account of herself essaying the subtlety of the movements as well as the static poses, the karana with ιlan, as she explored the theme of a sculpture coming to life. But the next item Shiva tandav was the piece where she held the audience spellbound with her agility and mimetic prowess as she delineated the nava rasa with expert fluidity. Krishna sabdam, the next expressional piece where Yamini as a self-assured Gopika invites her love Lord Krishna was a masterly demonstration of body language by Yamini. As she sat there gesturing with her eyes and moving her hands in overt provocation the shringara bhakti became almost palpable. Ace vocalist Sai Bhawani sang Swami Ra Ra and Yamini's doe eyes became a kaleidoscope of expressions all based in intense eroticism that finally took on a sublime dimension as she surrendered herself completely to her Lord. The recital fittingly concluded with tarangam where Yamini dancing with the feet planted on the rim of a metal tray drew tremendous applause. S Bhaskar Rao on the mridangam and K Annadurai on the violin gave her excellent support.
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