CHENNAI: Kathak Dhara, a collection of traditional musical Kathak dance numbers, was presented at an event organised by Bharat Kalachar recently. Chitra Arvind, a noted kathak, bharathanatyam and contemporary dancer from Bengaluru, presented solo and pieces along with Alar Arvind.
Talking to CE, after the concert, Chitra said that the programme was a series of compositions crafted by her gurus — Dr Maya Rao (Bengaluru) and Moulik Shah and Ishira Parikh from Ahmedabad.
She says, “The compositions are by a number of people and my gurus have choreographed them. The music has been specially crafted for performances.”
With a host of names working in tandem, the show began with a Ganapati stuti in Hamsadhvani Teen Tal, composed by Shankar Shanbhog, The stuti, an invocatory composition, narrated the story of Lord Ganesha, who makes Ravana leave behind the atma linga that is for the benefit of the world. The stuti was followed by the Shiva Stuti that was based on the work of the famous Kannada poet and reformer Basavanna who wielded his verses to usher a change in society. One of his poems, also called vachanas, presented at the concert was in praise of Lord Nataraja. The ‘vachana swamy neenu shaashwatha neenu’ narrated the story of Markendeya.
Prabandh was an ode to her guru Maya Rao, who passed away recently. The composition was rendered by Shankar Shanbhog and Praveen D Rao. Chitra added that the programme sought to showcase both nritta and abhinaya and the compositions were chosen accordingly. Ras Barse, a bandish presented as a thumri, conveyed the feelings of the nayika, who is rejoicing the arrival of the lord after a spell of longing. In Raag Yaman and Raag Hamsadhwani in teen taal, Ras Barse was set to tune by Neeraj Parikh. Chaturang, a combination of Khayal, Sargam, Tirvat and Tarana, was a depiction of the playful Lord Krishna, who is dancing with the gopis in the lush fields of Vrindavan.The last was the Dasavataar, this time a composition of Purandaradasa, narrating the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu through the Yugas. The ragamalika was composed by Shankar Shanbhog.