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Velcheti Subrahmanyam
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Dance Dancer Madhuri Bhokare’s performance reflected her complete grasp of the Bharatanatyam idiom. Velcheti Subrahmanyam

Exuding graceDancer Madhuri Bhokare.PHOTO: C. V. SUBRAHMAYAM
Exuding graceDancer Madhuri Bhokare.PHOTO: C. V. SUBRAHMAYAM

Promising danseuse Madhuri Bhokare’s Bharatanatyam performance stood out for its rhythmic precision and graceful expression at Kalabharati Visakhapatnam. Taught and trained by K Venkat, her grasp of nitty-gritty of the dance form was remarkable. She seemed to have good appreciation of the emotional contours of characters being portrayed in the idiom of gestures and movements. Be it pure dance number executing demanding patterns of footwork or that of expressional one, she was in her element.

What was impressive of her performance was her ability and agility to transform from one mood to another with fluid ease.

Having warmed up the session with an invocatory in praise of Lord Nataraj, she took up Jaya Janaki Kantha of Purandara Das.

The episodes of Sita Swayamvaram and Bhktha Sabari stood well delineated in wide range of sanchari bhavas.

Plight of Ravana being unable to lift the bow of Lord Siva, the modesty and ease that Lord Rama displayed in picking up the bow and stringing it, blushing Sita’s exquisite countenance in inexplicable ecstasy—all have found appealing expression, while her portrayal of Sabari and her cascading emotions of devotional import at the vision of Lord Rama particularly Sabari’s self -forgetful state of mind when she offers the tasted fruits to the Lord, attested her expressional acumen in good measure.

She danced Sarasijakushulu sabdam with verve. Lord Krishna’s childhood pranks were depicted in a charming manner.

Her talent came to fore in its full measure for Sri Krishna Kamala nadho a Varnam centered on Lord Krishna. In an elaborate treatment of the theme, she presented various episodes related to Lord Krishna such as slaying demon Putana, Sakatasura and Geetopodesam found elaborate treatment.

A bhajan, ashtapadi and tillana were other notables in her performance. K Venkat (Nattuvangam) M. Neeladrirao (vocal), M. Yedukondalu on mridangam, K. Satyavisal on violin, BVS Sarma on flute and ASR Koundinya on morsing lent good orchestral support.


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