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Dance of the homeland

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
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Dance A group of Telugu artistes living abroad presented a selection of dances. A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

V isakha Music and Dance Academy organised a three day festival of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam last week at its auditorium Kalabharathi, Vishakapatnam.

All kudos to its secretary G.R.K. Prasad, popularly known as Rambabu, who made it a tidy show of scintillating dances.

The artistes featured were of Telugu origin, either from Canada or the US. The Vaamanaavathaaram dance ballet was scripted, choreographed, structured and presented by Kalanjali Dance Academy, Canada, and marked the inaugural evening.

It was a reasonably well-coordinated effort by over a dozen artistes onstage, led by Vedantham Venkata Chalapathi and another such set who recorded music.

Founder-director of Nritya Madhavni School of Dance at Edison, New Jersey, Divya D. Yeluri, presented a solo mostly in the Kuchipudi style besides group dances by not less than a dozen of her disciples in each of the half a dozen items featured in between by herself.

Bharatanatyam by Pooti Krishna Madhavi, disciple of R.C. Padmarani of the Fine Arts Society of Yogavilla, Virginia, on the third evening virtually marked the grand finale of the festival. The sprightly teenaged girl, executing all aspects of four facets of the classical idiom of dance of the Kalakshetra (Chennai) tradition (an amalgam of the Tanjore, Vazhavur and Pandanallur styles of Bharatanatyam) cast a spell with her performance.

Starting with Natyanjali in Raga-Tala maalika, she presented a sabdam in Ragamalika in Misrachapu, Turayur Tajagopala Sarma's lyrics in Athana in Aditalam, Swathi Tirunala's composition Sankara Sree Girinadha prabho in Hamsanandi in Aditalam, Annamayya's Muddugareyasoda in Aditalam in Kuranji, bhajan Vaishnava Jana in Khamas in Aditalam, Mangalampalli Balamurali's thillana in Kuntalavarali in Aditalam before concluding with Mangalam.

The impression she made could have been adorable if she had presented the traditionally set format with varnam as its crux, the connoisseurs opined. Recorded music with nattuvanagam by her guru Padmarani, vocals by Radha Badri, mridangam by Kannan, and violin by Muttukumar and Kalairasan were reasonably good.


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