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Updated: September 20, 2012 19:21 IST

Elegance personified

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Athulya Rakesh
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Athulya Rakesh

Athulya Rakesh was a picture of eloquence at her Mohiniyattom recital in Palakkad.

Athulya Rakesh enthralled the audience at the M.D.R. Hall Palakkad with her Mohiniyattom recital that was marked by grace and elegance.

Her pleasing facial expressions, expressive eyes, chaste hand gestures and fluid movements enriched the choreography of her guru, Vinitha Nedungadi.

In the traditional invocatory piece ‘Anandanarthana Ganapathiye’ in Kedara, Athulya depicted the story of Lord Ganesha’s circumambulation of his parents, Lord Siva and Parvathi, to prove that they are his concept of Universe, thereby defeating his brother Muruga.

The pure dance number ‘Mukhachalam’, written by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, a ragamalika set to Pancharithalam, was a picture of beauty.

Select verses from the ‘Geethanjali’ of Rabindranatha Tagore, translated by G. Sankarakurup, illustrated the relationship between Jeevathma and Paramathma and the urge of the individual soul in attaining oneness with the Supreme being. It provided ample scope for bhavabhinaya.

Athulya was at her best in the presentation of the traditional sringara kavya of Jayadeva, ‘Geethagovindam’ – ‘Nindathichandanam’ in ragas Charukesi and Kalyanavasantham.

For ‘Thiruseva’, the concluding devotional number, she presented ‘Viswambhara bhujangam’ by P.S. Varrier, tuned by Kottakkal Madhu in Bagesri, set to Chempada tala.

This was preceded by the famous mangalam of Swati Tirunal ‘Bhujagasayino’.

The concert was organised by Sree Sabha.

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