UNUSUAL Crisp dialogues and impressive abhinaya were the hallmarks of the performance
Vikramorvasheeya, by the legendary poet Kalidasa, was presented at Bhoomi Gita of Rangayana. The State repertory has devised several innovative concepts such as the recently concluded festival, Bahuroopi, depicting the various traditional and folk arts along with delicious food varieties from various parts of the country.
Apsara (Kannada version of the Sanskrit play Vikramorvasheeya), was directed by Chidambara Rao Jambe. It had pleasing costumes, traditional sabha vandana with vedic hymns and excellent narration, taking the audience to a different atmosphere. Melodious music (K.N. Nagaraj and Srinivasa Bhat), effective lighting (Sagai Raja), crisp editing and impressive abhinaya of the artistes were the main features of the play. However, the dance interludes were amateurish. Kannada translation of the Sanskrit play by J. Srinivasamurthy was effectual.
The play begins with the abduction of the apsaras, including Urvashi by the demon Keshi. King Pururava frees them from the clutches of Keshi, but ends up falling in love with Urvashi. After several imaginative episodes Urvashi descends from Indraloka and joins King Pururava with the blessings of Indra. Hulugappa Kattimani (Pururava), Nandini K.R. (Urvashi), Shashikala (Chitralekha), Ramu (Vidushaka) stole the show with their expressions and lucidity in "vachika abhinaya".
Acclaimed vocalist Vidwan Unnikrishnan was at his best during the annual music festival of JSS Sangeetha Sabha held at the Jaganmohan Palace. Subliminal ragabhava, gleaming svarakalpana in tristayi, professionalism, and no dip in the tempo of the compositions was noteworthy. Alapana of ragas Mayamalavagoula ("Tulasi Dalamu" of Sri Tyagaraja), exceptional rendition of Reethi Goula ("Janani Ninu Vina" of Subbaraya Shastry), Mohana ("Rajagopalam Bhajeham" of Muthuswamy Dixitar), spelt his command over the artistry of neraval at appropriate charana sahitya with remarkable diction. The hallmark of the concert was the delineation of raga Todi ("Kadanuvariki") in which the artiste's involvement in the neraval of charana sahitya "Niddura nirakarinchi" was poignant.
Vidwan Raghuram on violin, Neyveli Venkateshan (mridanga), and N. Amritha (khanjira) contributed to the unique success of the concert, during the entire festival's performances.
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