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Lasting impact

The jugalbandhi of Odissi (Vani Madhav) and Bharatanatya (Suhasini Krishnamurthy) was the highlight of the Arudra 2005 dance festival.

The innovative and interesting programme left an indelible impact on the lovers of dance. Vani Madav's direction, choreography and execution fetched rich dividends. All the good effects of hard and perfect rehearsals were conspicuous.

Petite Suhasini also rose to the occasion in the realization of the dance-imagination. Vani and Suhasini opened with a Mangalacharan (Pahadi and Ahirbhairav) and Pushpanjali. It was good to see Vani performing Bhoo vandana and Suhasini translating Odissi-jathis into Bharatanatya movements. The trikhandi pranam was noteworthy. In the Krishna stuti "Phulandi varakanti", Vani Madhav and Suhasini Krishnamurthy described the splendour of Lord Krishna in their own mediums.

Suhasini's abhinaya of a Devi stuti in Keeravani was commendable. The "Shiva Panchaskshari" provided the lyrical support for them to enumerate Lord Shiva's greatness.

Vani's complete control over the dynamics of movement and dance profile while sketching the Dashavataras (Kalyani, ektal) left me astonished. And no matter, what the speed and tempo, the perfection of line never faltered.

Her Odissi had a quality of strength and power rather than languor.

The jugalbandi ended with a mangalam in Bharatanatya style and moksha in Odissi style juxtaposed together and choreographed by Vani Madhav specially for that evening's performance.

M. SURYA PRASAD

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