Event Young dancers performed with verve to celebrate Sai Nataraja Kuchipudi Academy’s anniversary. GUDIPOODI SRIHARI
Anniversary celebrations often serve the purpose of giving an exposure of stage to the youngsters. Sri Sai Nataraja Kuchipudi Academy presented a programme featuring 45 of their students as part of its 23rd anniversary celebrations, held last week at Ravindra Bharati. One heartening factor that one observed was tremendous enthusiasm these girls displayed. It was an apt opportunity for the academy’s head Ramadevi, to showcase some of her choreographies. A novel tillana, called ‘Kalinga Nartana Tillana’ Rmadevi’s own creation was major attraction of the show that appeared towards the end. It was presented by eight well-trained dancers, seven of them representing the seven hoods of Kaliya in this ‘Kaliya Mardana’ scene and another taking up Krishna’s role. This was packed with swara sahityam and jatis, combined with mime. The choreography for this number was intelligently framed with Krishna dancing on the hoods, while another representing symbolically the tail of the snake, Krishna holds.
The dancing session opened with traditional ‘Vinayaka Sthuti’ featuring 20 students, most of them little girls.
It was followed by ‘Brahmanjali’ a traditional prayer to the god and audience, choreographed by Vempati Chinna Satyam.
The ‘Srirama Pattabhishekam’ sequence that has special place in the Kuchipudi repertoire was presented by seven dancers.
The show emerged from Yakshagana style and sank into dramatic element. Part of it was ‘Yaga Rakshana’ sequence. This was set in raga Mohana. Opening with description of Srirama’s persona with sloka ‘Sriraghavam’, it narrated Rama and Lakshman’s journey along with their guru Viswamitra to Mithila where Rama handles the Siva Dhanassu (bow), resulting in his marriage with Sita.
This was another well handled sequence. Sadasiva Brahmendra’s Bhajare Goplalam in Kalyani and Thyagaraja’s Sri Raghukulamandu Putti in Hamsadhwani, Mamavtu Sri Saraswati in Hindolam of Vasudevacharya were all opened with fine jati spells. There was one of Adhyatma Ramayana Kirtanas Cheri Vinave , followed by Ramadavi’s own creation named as ‘Sivashtakam’.
The popular Tarangam Alokaya Sakhi Balakrishnam featured 15 girls each having plate under the feet and a water-filled pitcher on head, displaying their balancing act in rhythmic movements, which was a treat.The show was well conducted by Ramadevi with dynamic nattuvangam to Renuka Prasad’s lively support on mridangam. Saikumar on violin and Uma Venkateswarlu on flute gave apt musical support. Makeup job was taken up by Surabhi experts Kesavaram, Verma, Amarendra and others.The academy has a tradition of felicitating some of the achievers related to different fields of culture, to mark its annual event. On this occasion Ramadevi honored Soorya Krishnamurthy, a noted stage personality and journalist of Kerala; Pasumarthy Kesava Prasad of Akhila Bharata Kuchipudi Natyakala Mandali and Chakrapani, Secretary of SICA.