Lively Performances Delight Rasikas
BANGALORE: This year’s World Dance Day was celebrated under the leadership of an accomplished writer, critic and organiser Ashish Mohan Khokar, stage and lighting expert Sai Venkatesh and Bharatanatya dancer and organiser A V Sathyanarayana on different days and at different venues. Seminars, performances, workshops and exhibitions were held as part of World Dance Day celebration.
The celebration held under Dance Discourse series of the Dance History Society and now in its fifth year at Alliance Francaise under the direction of Ashish Mohan Khokar was a one day affair. During the celebration held from 10 am to 10 pm, almost all the Indian classical dance styles were represented. Over 100 dancers were featured. The renowned exponent of Bharatanatya, choreographer and Guru Leela Samson who is the Chairperson of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi set the ball rolling by lighting the lamp along with other dignitaries. In her inspiring and introspective speech, she threw light on the present day system of dance pedagogy by referring to the ‘item learning/teaching’ and also the terminologies used. She expressed her anguish over some of the happenings in the field of classical dance.
Odissi quintet impress
The formal inauguration was followed by the outdoor performances (in front of the main entrance) by young dancers who successfully exhibited their talent in various styles starting with Ingabala’s solo Manipuri, Nadam’s group Kathak, Venkatesh Natya Mandira’s Bharatanatya ensemble, Nrityantar’s group Odissi, Kuchipudi Parampara’s Kuchipudi dance, Mohini Attam by K P Shruthi. It all ended with a wonderful and impressive Yakshagana by a richly gifted child dancer Varshini Hebbar.
The quintet of Madhulita’s Odissi dance institute, Nrityantar, performed an invocation in praise of Lord Vishnu. A popular shloka, Shantaakaaram bhujaga shayanam as choreographed by the veteran Odissi maestro and Guru Pankaj Charan Das artistically depicted the greatness of Lord Vishnu. The group discipline and the sync drew an instant applause from the rasikas. KP Shruthi, the triumphant Mohini Attam dancer rendered Dundhubi natya set to Poorvikalyani raga. The composition eulogising Lord Shiva by using the sounds of dhun dhubhi produced by His damaru vadya was neatly rendered by the dancer. Slow and graceful movements typical of Mohini Attam lent authenticity to her dance. The students of Kuchipudi Parampara Foundation Suma Rao, Yashika, Krishnapriya, Lakshmika and Vinu Ambadi performed a traditional Ranga Pooja (Ragamalika and talamalika) by offering their prayers to Lord Nataraja, Guru and the Sabha in a lively group performance. Rich music and racy movements marked their rendition. After the outdoor performances, a seminar was held focussing on the topic “Dance today.” With Ashish as the moderator, Phillipe Gaspiariani, Leela Samson, Ulaganathan, Guru Radha Shridhar, Veena Murthy, Madhu Nataraj, Muralimohan Kalva and Jayachandran Pallazy were the other speakers. An appeal was made to all the classical dancers to be united, to keep up the tradition and classicism.
In a neat and tidy Bharatnatya recital held at ADA Rangamandira Rohini, a disciple of Rashmi Thapar did credit to her mentor. Accompanied by Rashmi (nattuvanga), Balasubramanya Sharma (vocal), Narasimhamurthy (flute), Sarvamangala (veena), Karthik Datar (khanjira etc) and Janardanrao (mridanga), Rohini opened her recital with Pushpanjali followed by Ganesha vandana. She saluted Lord Ganesha with a shloka containing His different names. The Harikambhoji jatiswara accounted for the dancer’s clear understanding of the nritta and its components. The negotiation of the jathis and the corresponding aduvus were enjoyable.Purandaradasa’s Devaranama Jaganmohanane Krishna in Ragamalika depicted the greatness of Lord Krishna.