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Velcheti Subrahmanyam
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Dance The well packaged ballet had a spell binding effect on the audience. Velcheti Subrahmanyam

Captivating charms of Kuchpudi style aided by haunting music and lyrical beauty unfolded a scintillating dance ballet—Mohini Bhasmasura in its myriad shades much to the delight of dance aficionados at Kalabharati in Visakhapatnam. Staged by the artistes of Dr Vempati China Satyam Kuchipudi Kalakshetram, it offered a visual treat.

With disciple of Vempati and the principal of the Kalakshetram, Hari Rama Murthy in the lead as Bhasmasura the performance was superlative on several counts all through.

Gorgeous costumes, jewellery and pertinent stage props, it vivified the grandeur of mythology well. The presentation in rich and varied shades in gestural vocabulary, drove home the point that one who seeks to destroy others, invariably gets oneself destroyed in the process. Choreographed in a six-scene narrative, the presentation was compact on all counts.

The ballet opened with usual Sutradhari's intro of the subject and an invocatory in praise of the Lord Ganesh followed by a group number prefacing the entry of Vrikasura, the demon king who later acquires the epithet Bhasmasura on account of the boon that he is granted by Lord Siva. The bubbly prevasa daruvu ‘ Arudenchenu Vrikasurudu sabhaku vaibhavamalaraga ' (here comes Vrikasura to his court in his entire grandeur of royal paraphernalia) set the tempo and the rest turned to be a feast to eyes.

The majestic gait and regal conceit with all its pomp and pageantry unfolded in a taut presentation. Guru Hari Ramamurthy's sterling portrayal of the eponymous character was reflective of his enviable command over the idiom of Kuchipudi.

Every frame was done with excellent coalescence of rhythmic grace and expressional élan that translated the quintessential lyrical charms of the script to a visual treat of lasting impression.

Be it the number Dasavataralu , the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu or the cosmic dance of Lord Siva and Parvati in ecstasy, it was truly a kinetic splendour of aesthetic exuberance that kept the audience spellbound.

A Kavya Smrithi as Mohini displayed remarkable talent. Radhika, NAV Satyabhanu, Chandini, Krishna Sannidha and Krishna were at their best. In all more than twenty artistes took part.

Visakha Music and Dance Academy featured it as part of its Founder's Day Celebrations.

On this occasion the academy honoured upcoming artistes with its young talent awards. Moola Srilatha (vocal), Manda Pratyusha Sruthi Ravali (violin), M Kamesh (mridangam), Venkata Swapna Mohni (veena), Gayatri Bala (flute) received the awards. Also, the academy honoured young vocalist Kasturi Kamala Deepthi on her obtaining ‘A' grade from AIR at very young age.


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