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Updated: June 9, 2011 15:18 IST

Accent on aesthetics

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CLEAN LINES: Annapoorna. Photo: P. Goutham
CLEAN LINES: Annapoorna. Photo: P. Goutham

Annapoorna Kuppuswamy chose Tyagaraja kritis to retell the Ramayana.

The just concluded week-long Salethil Tiruvaiyaru festival Bharatham, in Salem showcased some fine music and dance performances.

Annapoorna Kuppuswamy, a Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and critic based in the U.K., presented a solo production titled ‘Tyagaraja Ramanayam.' This disciple of Kalanidhi Narayanan and Savithri Jagannatha Rao, chose to depict important episodes from the epic through Tyagaraja kritis and Valmiki Ramayana slokas.

Annapoorna, a neuroscientist, cleverly interspersed kritis with theermanams, laying accent on the aesthetics. She portrayed every character with equal depth and conviction. Her nritta projected confidence and reflected her experience as a performer. She concluded her recital with the Pancharatna kriti ‘Saadhinchene.'

The orchestra comprised Vanathy Raghuraman (vocal), Venkatakrishnan Mahalingam (nattuvangam), Vedakrishnaram Venkatesan (mridangam), Veeramani Nagaraj (violin) and Devaraj Ethirajulu (flute).

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