Too many lapses
It was an exciting cultural life for Mysoreans
SETBACK Sree Lakshmi's choreography was neat, but the performance was unprofessional
Kerege Hara, a traditional folklore of North Karnataka, in which a woman is sacrificed so that the village gets water, was effectively presented by the students of the dance-guru Sri Lakshmi of Uma Maheshwara Nrutya Shala. Kumari Sharika's who played Bhageerathi was striking in her aharya and angasoushtava and was impressive in her performance. Choreography by guru Sree Lakshmi was fairly good and impressive. However, the other performances like "Tarakka-Bindige" (Nrutyalaya), "Hari na Bisarana" by Athri School of Dance, and an action-packed piece by Narthanashala were unprofessional like school-day events. Interludes of bhavageethe did not elevate the program organised by Raga-Taranga cultural outfit at Jaganmohan Palace, Mysore.
Superfluous compeering was another setback. Opening with raga Hindola ("Samaja varagamana" of Sri Tyagaraja) with Thandavamurthy on violin, Hanumantharaju on mridanga, and Krishnaprasad on flute did not impress the connoisseurs of classical music since the vocalist and accompanying artistes were not keeping to the sruthi.
Nannolu Nee Ninnolu Naa scripted and directed by Sundar, a popular actor of the small screen, was presented at Bhoomi Gita of Rangayana, Mysore. The story revolves around the problems of a husband and wife, the dialogues with a generous sprinkling humour. Munna and Munni (Sundar and Veena Sundar) enacted the roles of husband and wife most effectively. The play which discussed women's empowerment, had the characters smoking and drinking on stage, which was an unpleasant sight. Of course, Sundar and Veena did put up inspiring performances.
The colourful function at Veene Seshanna Bhavana, Mysore, organised by Ganabharathi, was overcrowded. Padmabhushana Lalgudi G. Jayaraman conferred the M.S. Subbalakshmi cash award of Rs. 5,000 to Ranjini Hebbar from Udupi, and Maruthi Prasad.
Six young talents presented vocal recitals. Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, highly impressed by this, announced a spot cash prize of Rs. 2500 to each of the winners.
Vidwan H.S. Thandavamurthy and P.S. Sridhar accompanied on the violin and mridanga respectively.
Noted vocalists of Karnataka, Bellur Sisters, and Karnataka Kalashri Prof. Uma Rao hailing from the family of B.M. Shri were felicitated by Sri Balagangadhar Swami of Adi Chunchanagiri Muth, at a colourful function to mark the 123rd birthday celebrations of the poet laureate.
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