Dance Four dancers collaborated to showcase the essence of South India. Vishnupriya Bhandaram
Noted dancers from the city, Deepika Reddy, Ananda Shankar Jayant along with Hari Padmam from Kerala and Shivanand Hegde from Karnataka recently presented Namaskaram — a collage of south Indian classical dances at the Festival of South India organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The production was a medley of four dance forms from south India; Deepika Reddy presented Kuchipudi, representing Andhra Pradesh, Ananda Shankar Jayant presented Bharatanatyam along with her disciples Krithika Varsha and Sneha Magupu, representing Tamil Nadu, Hari Padmam showcased Kathakali from Kerala and Shivanand Hegde presented Yakshagana, representing Karnataka.
The dance act was under 20-minutes and was played to similar music by Venu Madhav. Hari Padmam wore the ‘paccha vesha’ which represents the characters with good qualities like Arjuna, Bheema or Karna.
“These characters come with a dress code,” says Hari Padmam who was thrilled to be a part of a confluence of art. Ananda Shankar spoke of the music, “We wanted the music to be the same, rhythmic instrumental with different instruments like for the Yakshagana, kanjeera was played,” she says.
Deepika Reddy mentions of how she performed a similar concept, engaging the dance forms from the entire country, “This dance piece is to purely bring out the essence of the four prominent styles from South India,” adds Deepika who performed along with her disciples, Muhira Pathuri and Pooja Reddy.
Shivanand Hegde is aware that Yakshagana, although isn’t the state art form of Karnataka and feels extremely happy that this dance act will put the art form in the limelight.
The production commenced with an invocatory dance piece on Devi, followed into a tillana with all the dancers coming together to give a collaborative performance bringing out the essence of South India in unison.