A timeless story presented with effortless ease.
Abhinandana featured Kuchipudi exponent Sobha Naidu and her team in an absorbing ballet Srikrishna Parijatham staged at Ravindra Bharathi on Sunday, as part the organisation's Silver Jubilee celebrations. The ballet is culled from Harivamsa Puranam and Siddhendra's original Parijatham.
It is popular story that narrates how and why Srikrishna, assisted by Narada subdues the egoistic Satyabhama bringing home to her the point that the Lord always gave importance to Bhakti and total surrender to Him, like Rukmini did and Satyabhama did not. Narada brings a parijatha flower from Indra's garden and presents it to Krishna. On Krishna's advice he gives the flower to Rukmini, his favourite consort. Narada then goes to Satyabhama and narrates the whole story giving it a colour that Rukmini is Krishna's favourite.
The ballet has many dramatic twists. Sobha Naidu played Satyabhama, a well cut out role for her. The sequences where Krishna arrives to pacify Satyabhama were a treat, especially when she displayed mixed reactions to Krishna standing before her.
The play was punctuated with kalapam structure, striking balance between dance and drama.
Sridevi played Krishna keeping her performance low key. Nitya Subhaprada as Narada and Srilakshmi as Rukmini presented their roles well.
The whole show was presented against pre-recorded music. Mahankali Mohan conducted the dance drama with crisp Nattuvangam to the expressive vocal support of M.Krishnamohan, A.Kanna Rao and Nityasantoshini. P.R.C.Sarma was on mridagnam. Nagaraju on flute, Saikumar on violin, Jayakumar Acharya on tabla were also there in the musical ensemble.
The other programme on the evening was film music presentation by film playback singer Sailaja.
Vinodbabu joined her in duets, besides leading the instrumental support.