In one of the morning sessions, natyacharya V.P. Dhananjayan, a Kalakshetra alumnus, spoke about his experiences in the haloed institution and demonstrated a 30-minute piece taught to him by visiting professor and legend, Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair. It is about a pregnant deer surrounded by danger in a dense forest - a hunter on the one side, a tiger on another, a fire at the back and a flooded river in front. Like a beautifully drawn canvas, Dhananjayan brought the incident alive with sensitive characterisations of a deer going into labour being watched by a ready-to-pounce tiger and a hard-hearted hunter. There is a narrator there and as he waits with bated breath, Nature comes to the deer’s rescue. Realising that danger has passed, the deer gives birth. We get to see the fawn as the mother nuzzles him and he opens his eyes for the first time and takes his first faltering steps. This piece was performed without lyrics with the skilful Sadanam Ramakrishnan (chenda) embellishing the details and Sadanam Devadas (maddalam) providing the base rhythm. It was artistry at its best.