P. SURYA RAO
Lakshmi Mani exhibited her prowess in both Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam.
Lakshmi Mani of Chennai, an accomplished Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dancer and a senior disciple of Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam and K. J. Sarasa presented her own creation, Sarvam Srinivasam, for Vijayawada Cultural Academy.
The programme was staged at Gokaraju Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika situated on the premises of G.V.R. Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada.
Lakshmi Mani, with numerous awards and accolades to her credit, gave credence to her reputation as an expert performer in both the dance forms.
She presented a string of Annamacharya keertanas carefully selected to depict the glory of Lord Venkateswara. Her choreography was imaginative and innovative. Skill in abhinayam is also Lakshmi’s speciality.
She started her performance with Srimannarayana in Bowli and followed it with Deva Devam Bhaje (Hindola) in which the divinity of Lord Rama was beautifully depicted. Kanti Kanti Niluvu described the complete form of Lord Venkateswara right from the crown to his ankle bells. Lakshmi showed her prowess on the brass plate, a Kuchipudi speciality. The keertana was performed as a fine ragamalika.
In the Kalyani keertana, Oho Etuvantivade, Lakshmi Mani artistically depicted the Kurma and Varaha avatars of Hari.
Muddugare Yasoda, Nedunuri’s masterly composition which Lakshmi performed next, compared the attributes of Lord Krishna to the nine gems.
Lakshmi’s superb abhinayam for the last keertana, Thiruveedhula, which showed the Lord riding all his vahanams during the Bramahotsavams brought spontaneous applause from the audience.
Nattuvangam was efficiently rendered by Bhagavathula Venkatarama Sarma and melodious vocal support was provided by B. Naveena, Lakshmi Mani’s talented daughter.
Good instrumental support came from B. Ganesh on the mridangam and P. Anjaneyulu on the violin.
The meeting preceding the dance programme was chaired by P. Prabhakar Rao and the honorary guests were Putta Jaganmohana Rao and Kanduri Umamaheswarudu.