It is after five years that the Chamarajpet Sree Ramaseva Mandali pendal, celebrating its platinum jubilee this year, is hosting a classical dance performance by actor and Bharatanatyam exponent Shobana and her students.
Another actor and supreme dancer, Vyjayanthimala, had charmed the Bangalore Ramanavami crowd during the Mandali’s 70th Year celebrations earlier.
With electric energy and mesmerizing eyes, Shobana’s performance on Sunday was a blend of supple movements along with adequate nritta sections to bring dazzling decorative elements to the recital.
Just as the spirited jatis provided some enlivening moments, her swift sail into a solemn piece for Mysore Vasudevachar’s Kamas Kriti ‘Brochevarevarura’ gave her ample room for exhibiting emotive segments. The tranquil plea to Lord Rama in the Charana pleading for his attention had her with resonant and stirring facial expressions that were noteworthy.
In Jayadeva’s Dasavataram , the team’s stamina and fitness more than refined the impact of the entire piece, as the narration of the 10 avatars, especially ending each with statuesque poses from the team to represent and describe each form of the Lord was dramatic and captivating.
The devotional thread was retained with the evening’s main piece, Ramayana in ragamalika, choreographed by Shobana herself. Particularly delightful were her descriptive abilities when the scenes of each suitor trying to lift the bow to marry Sita were depicted.
Again, it was Shobana’s face reflecting myriad responses to the abduction by Ravana that brought an applause from the audience.
Just as shrungara is part of her connection with the art, her feet in a tempo most suitable to the art form had measured bounces that conveyed the message in each item.