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Syed Muthahar Saqaf
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Event The line-up at ‘Kalai Kathambam – 2010,' held in Tiruchi, proved to be a virtual culmination of talents under one roof. Syed Muthahar Saqaf

Captivating: A dance drama being presented by the students of Bharathakala Academy.
Captivating: A dance drama being presented by the students of Bharathakala Academy.

S ri Bharathakala Academy, Srirangam, organised ‘Kalai Kathambam 2010,' a six-day fine arts extravaganza at the Thevar Hall in Tiruchi city recently.

The line-up included Bharatanatyam, violin recital, dance drama, light music concert, playing on traditional Kerala musical instruments and laya samarpanam.

The festival opened with a Bharatanatyam performance by a group of 20 students of Sri Bharatakala Academy led by its chairperson Pushkala Ramesh. Athira Krishna presented a violin concert on the second day.

A dance drama titled 'Penn Oli,' staged on the third day of the festival was presented by Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala and her students.

A two-hour light music show, in which hit songs from both the old and new films, were presented by music director Deva and his orchestra.

Singers Kovai Murali and Abhitha Selvakumar did a neat job. Deva invited two young singers, Nivetha of Bharatakala Academy and Baby Manisha to sing a couple of popular numbers from the latest films, much to the joy of the locals.

Thematic recital

The thematic dance drama, ‘The Light of Womanhood,' rendered by Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala captivated the audience. Depicting the traits of bravery, philanthropy, wisdom, perseverance and patience represented by great women such as Keladi Chennamma, Manimekalai, Avvaiyar, Andal and Sita, the artists stole the show and the hearts of everyone.

Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, playing the lead role in all the episodes, put up an exciting performance. The sweet mallari and the swift tillana of the young dancer of the team, Sahana, won everyone's laurels.

The penultimate event of the day was the chendai melam by Kumarapuram Sridharan. The Chendai, Manchari and Singari Melam, with delightful dance, were well appreciated.

The troupe was led by Kumarapuram Sridharan, his brother Manohar and dancer and tala artist Deepak.

The festival concluded with T.H. Vikku Vinayakram's ghatam recital. The tala group consisted of mridangam, ghatam, morsing, ganjira and kettiveena with T.H. Gurumurthy playing the violin.

In ‘Siva Thandavam' and ‘Vathapi' (Hamsadhvani), they combined two to three talas in one kriti, much to the delight of the listeners.

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