Dance Uma Sathyanarayanan's aesthetic performance spoke volumes of her dedication to the art form. A.Sangameswaran
A ce Bharathanatyam dancer Uma Sathyanarayanan danced her way into the hearts of an audience at Irinjalakuda.
Her approach to the art form is that of a true upasaka and her thorough knowledge of Carnatic music enhances her skills as a dancer. A disciple of Chithra Visweswaran, her performance was evocative of her guru's style. It was evident that she was a staunch follower of Vazhuvoor bani. Titled ‘Krishnaarpanam,' the programme comprised kritis dedicated to Lord Krishna. The Pada varnam in Charukesi, ‘Innam Oru,' composed by maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, was well presented. Her vivid, aesthetic movements conveyed the narration of the lyrics of the four charanams.
The depiction of the line ‘Muzhumathiyekanda kadalala polavum' was evocatively done and one could almost see and feel the rising moon and tidal waves!
Her dexterity in utilisation of the stage was commendable. The alluring flute recital, indicating the presence of Lord Krishna, enhanced the performance and provided a spiritual impact.
Each and every individual resorts to different routes to realise the Supreme soul and ‘nindasthuthi,' essentially praising the God through criticism, is one amongst them. With this as the basic mood, Uma presented a ‘Daasarpadam' in raagamaalika, comprising ragas Bagesri, Hamsaanandi, and Sindhubhairavi. Here she elaborated the tales of Prahlada and Panchali, their initial woes at the hands of demoniac characters and their final success in getting the vision of the supreme. The Swati padam ‘Panimathimukhibaale' in Ahiri showcased her innate talent in delineating the inner beauty of the meaning of the lyrics. The hope and expectation of the nayika was expressively displayed during the line ‘Innu varumen kaanthan ennanudinamum.'
She rounded off the concert with a thillana in Rasikapriya penned by her vocal teacher R. Visweswaran.
The programme was organised in connection with the anniversary celebrations of Nadopasana, a cultural outfit.