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Updated: January 11, 2010 19:11 IST

Gamut of emotions

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Anagha Bharat. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
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Anagha Bharat. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Anagha Bharat's recital for Brahma Gana Sabha at Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium was marked by flamboyant abhinaya. Her sancharis were alluring depicting rasas such as sringara, adbhuta and shanta. She handled various moods with aplomb. In the allotted one hour, she packaged four elaborate items, each different by itself.

Anagha began her recital with a Thodaya Mangalam. A highly devout piece with verses taken from the bhajana sampradayam, were in praise of Rama, Krishna and Vishnu. With accuracy and excellent hasta mudras she showed how committed a son was Rama to Kausalya, Vishnu a supreme lord and Krishna, a slayer of demons.

The varnam, ‘Mohamana En Meedhu' (Bhairavi) saw Anagha go through a gamut of emotions such as romance, envy, sorrow and joy.

In the line ‘Naagarikama Thirunagaril...' she showed how Thyagesa is taken in a procession in a palanquin on the wide streets of Tiruvarur. She brought out the beauty of the temple and the town. The way the artist undertook the various rituals were perfect and a delight to watch.

On motherhood

Melodious bowing of Violin by Kalaiarasan in raga Neelambari took the audience to the next item, ‘Devaki Pulambal' (Kulasekara Perumal's Tirumozhi), it showed how much Devaki was deprived of enjoying Krishna's childhood. Unlike Yasoda she had not enjoyed motherhood. Anagha was convincing as a mother, putting the child to sleep, feeding, dressing and admiring him.

Kaapi took over and the lyric was the popular ‘Enna Thavam Seithanai.' Admirable were her sancharis to the line ‘Yeerazhu Ulangangal Padaithavanai.' The concluding tillana in the same rage maintained the tempo of the recital.

The musical ensemble included vocalist Murali Parthasarathy, mridangist Nellai Kannan and Nattuvanar and guru Jayanthi Subramaniam.

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