‘Nrutyakshari’, a Kuchipudi dance ballad penned by Dr. Rallabandi Kavita Prasad, has unveiled new talent in its performer K.V. Satyanarayana, an exponent in dance, both classical and folk as well, during the three-day Indian dance festival organised here jointly by the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, and the city branch of the Young Man Hindu Association. It’s all about origin and birth of ‘aksharam’ (letter) in the form of dance.

While dance is the personification of Lord Maheswara the letter represents Brahma, the creator of the universe. Nrutyakshari is nothing but the combination of the two celestial forms.

From sound

The letter was believed to have originated from a myriad sounds produced by ‘dhamaruka’ (two-headed drum) at the hands of Parameswara in course of his ‘Siva tandavam’ and evolved into different forms over a period time. Mr. Satyanarayana was at his best in narrating the theme through his feat in its letter and spirit.

Kalakrishna, an exponent of Andhra Natyam, floored the music connoisseurs with his performance, Navajanardhana Parijatham, in the form of Devadasi temple tradition. Essaying Satyabhama, he drew applause from the audience by presenting different shades of her mood swings while conversing with Lord Krishna. The three-member troupe led by Anupama Mohan presented a life sketch of Bhakta Kannappa in a dance form.

Ms. Anupama, a disciple of Vempati Chinna Satyam, with her rhythm and abhinayam, stole the show.