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Collage of Oothukkadu's songs

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AN ALLURING TABLEAU: Mohana Krishna beckons.
AN ALLURING TABLEAU: Mohana Krishna beckons.

B. RAMADEVI

Pollachi Thamizhisai Sangam celebrated its 36th anniversary with a dance programme by the disciples of Ananda Shankar Jayanth.

Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi's compositions are filled not only with devotion but also with excellent imagery and sollukkattu. To depict through dance Krishna's incomparable beauty, His enjoyable mischief and His infinite mercy is a choreographer's dream. Ananda Shankar Jayanth has brought out the beauty of these lyrics through `Mohana Krishna beckons,' a collage of Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi's most popular compositions.Pollachi Thamizhisai Sangam had recently organised this programme as part of its 36th anniversary celebrations at Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam, Pollachi. Twenty students of Ananda Shankar Jayanth's dance school, Shankarananda Kalakshetra, participated.

Awe-inspiring

The programme began with `Sri Vigna Rajam Bhaje,' an invocation to Lord Ganesha. `Swagatham Krishna' welcoming Sri Krishna and describing his awe-inspiring exploits at Mathura and other places came up next. `Ati Nirupama Sundarakara' brought out His beauty while in `Aadadhu Asangathu Vaa Kanna' Yasodha pleaded with Krishna to walk straight without swaying. She reminds Him that his every little movement influences every small and big activity in the world. Then `Thaaye Yasodha' followed, showcasing the complaint of gopis to mother Yasodha and listing out the pranks of Krishna. But there seemed to be more of pride and pleasure in their complaint than ire. And, Krishna could make his mother believe that he was innocence personified. `Asainthaadum Mayil Onru Kandaen' came next, portraying the longing of the gopikas for Krishna and the programme came to an end with `Kalinga Narthana Thillana,' a shining example for Oothukkadu's sollukkattu. The rigorous training and dignified nattuvangam by Ananda Shankar Jayanth took the programme smoothly maintaining the tempo. The choreography gave focus not only to the lively jatis and lovely lyrics, but also aimed at communicating the inner joy of the dancer to the viewer. It was a programme where the total effect was more important than the individual dancer. However, Maitreyi Sharma stood out as Krishna with her charming smile and lovable antics. The effective orchestra comprising Venu Madhav (vocal support), T.P.Balasubramaniam (mridangam) and Saikumar (violin) made a favourable impression on the spectators.


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