GRACEFULShravya and Chetana were in fine form
The young Bharatanatya duo Shravya Vashishth and Chethana Kalluraya, trained by Poornima Ashok were in fine form in their duet performance for the Department of Kannada and Culture's Every Wednesday Cultural Evening Programmes at the Nayana auditorium. Endowed with attractive traits of a successful dancer, both of them performed with a perfect understanding and co-ordination. There was never a dull moment.
Praiseworthy angashuddhi, graceful movements, notable laya grip, their synchronising manodharma and an abundant talent marked their duet.
The young dancers kept up a crisp laya throughout their performance.
The opening pushpanjali and a eulogy of the Lord of Dance "Aadenamma" (pharaz) set an enjoyable tempo.
In the Nataraja stuti, one was delighted by the tandava and lasya elements.
A peep into the navarasas was also rewarding.
The pada varna "Ninne nera namminaanuraa Krishna" in raga Athana set to adi tala was the main item of the performance.
The dancers competed with each other to bring out their best, and reaped high dividends.
In their individual turns, Shravya did well in nourishing the sentiments of a mugdha nayaki on the basis of a Mohana-pada and Chethana scored in the exposition of vatsalya raga through "Jagadodharana" (Kapi).
The fitting finale came in the form of Swati Tirunal's Dhanashri tillana in which both the dancers executed nritta of a high order.
]Needless to say, the dancers were benefited to a larger extent by the musical ensemble led by their mentor Poornima Ashok (nattuvanga).
M. SURYA PRASAD
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