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Updated: March 19, 2010 16:31 IST

In praise

PRABAL GUPTA
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LIVELY Choreography added magnificence
LIVELY Choreography added magnificence

“Sri Guruve Namah” organised under the aegis of Samarpan and Ananya brought to the rasikas the “Aesthetics of Bharatnatyam”.

Commencing the evening's recital with alarippu, the dancers moved on to Jathiswaram a pure dance number set to Raga Saveri and rupaka tala. Excellent group choreography added magnificence to the overall recital. Kudos to Samarpan for presenting the age-old compositions of Rukmini Devi Arundale with a shabda an item which has become more or less obsolete from the present proscenium being replaced with new composed padams and devarnamas. Awesome abhinaya for the shabdam proved the dancers fortitude with which they have been continuing their training under their Guru with perseverance. Moving onto a Sriranjini varnam – the crowning piece of a Bhartanatya recital popularised by the lyrics “Swaminee Maramae Rangee Aruldamaa, Dayanidhiyae Muruga” spoke about the Sakhi requesting Lord Muruga to exhibit some compassion for her beloved friend who is tormented being in separation with Muruga; thereby requesting the Lord to sooth her with his touch. Good geometric shapes, neat adavus and teermanams with awesome stretches so characteristics of the Kalakshetra bani came forth from all the dancers' years of training.

Trupti Bhupen's dance exhibits a strong training from the school of Kalakshetra with passionate abhinaya, strong control over her body kinetics. Supported with lively musical ensamble with Pulakeshi as a nattuvanar and Hari on the mridanga and the vocalists bhava filled voice calls for a rounded performance. The evening concluded with the famous Natabhairavi tillana set to Adi tala in praise of Rukmini Devi composed by the great musician and composer Veena Krishnamacharya.

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