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DEFT Sushmita was confident on stage
DEFT Sushmita was confident on stage

Kadri Gopalnath revealed his unique mastery over the saxophone when he performed at the inaugural concert for the 68th Sri Ramotsava celebrations of Sri Ramaseva Mandali, Government Fort High School grounds. With his ever-trusted accompanists in A. Kanyakumari (violin), B. Rajasekhar (mridanga), and N. Amrith (khanjari) doing their duty excellently, he captivated the audience. Added rhythmic lustre to the concert was the young mridangist, V. Praveen. Kadri kept pyrotechnics and mathematics to a limited extent. "Marugelara" (Jayanthasri), "Karthikeya" (Valachi), "Gnanamosagarada" (Kamavardhini), "Banturiti" (Hamsanada), "Mokshamugalada" (Saramathi) were the hallmarks of his recital.

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Young singer Shankaran Namboodiri has done well for himself. Though there were a few hiccups in the placement of a couple of swaras, he seems to have overcome his voice problems. Performing at the same venue, Shankaran's recital in the happy company of Embar Kannan (violin), J. Vaidyanathan (mridanga) and Dayananda Mohite (ghata) augured well for his bright future. There was sincerity of purpose in his delivery. Kamavardhini ("Vaadera Daivamu"), Dhanyasi ("Nee Chittamu"), Mohana ("Kandu Kandu Nee Enna"), Kalyani ("Needu Charana") and other ragas were packed with varied sangathis.
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A multi-talented Bharatanatya dancer, Sushmitha trained under M.R. Krishnamurthy of Kalakshetra fame was fully confident in her recital at the Nayana auditorium held under the Every Wednesday Cultural Evening Programme series. Her stage presence was remarkable, She was deft in managing the ornaments that seemed to give away. Blessed with the features essential for a dancer, Sushmitha displayed the nritta prowess and took on rhythmic challenges with gusto while presenting the popular varna in Todi "Roopamu joochi". The nayika describes the glory of Lord Shiva and pleads with him for his love and propinquity. The dramatic part was negotiated with good results. Goddess Kamakshi was visualised neatly in her abhinaya on the basis of a Kalyani krithi "Varijakshi Kamakshi" and the appended chittaiswaras provided scope for a well-knit nritta. She did well in the Khamach javali and a Devaranama (with ugabhoga, "Innoo daya baarade"). The satwikabhinaya could have been more intense. The tillana in Hindola vouched for her good understanding of the nritta. Aranya Narayan (nattuvanga), D.S. Srivatsa (vocal), Sarvottam (flute), and Chandrasekhar (mridanga) were the accompanists. M. SURYA PRASAD


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