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Simple, lively depictions

Amrita Lahiri

Amrita Lahiri   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

Amrita Lahiri focused on the Kuchipudi repertoire

Entering the stage with a flourish, Amrita Lahiri began her Kuchipudi performance for the Music Academy festival offering a prayer to Lord Ganesha with a Purandaradasar kriti ‘Gajavadhana Beduve’ in Hamsadhwani. The dancer brought out the form of the elephant-head god in a simple, lively depiction.

A rather unusual story of ‘Tungavidya Roopantaran’ composed by Sudha Raghuraman, which was visualised next, dealt with the story of a gopi wanting to join the raas leela of Krishna, her imprisonment by the husband, her death and her spirit uniting with the lord by becoming his dolak that he plays in the Raas.

Interesting prelude

The dancer’s depiction of the gopis, each involved in different activities ranging from self-adornment to stringing flowers, churning butter and singing lullaby to a child captured the routine of the varied households in Gokul, which was an interesting prelude to the introduction of the heroine. The detailing of Tungavidya’s desire to go for the Raas and the way the spirit emerges from her body and its transformation into the percussion instrument kept the viewers engaged.

Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar’s Khamas raga padam, ‘Janaro’ that followed, showcased the dancer’s expressiveness and the sancharis speaking of her longing to unite with the Lord, cajoling the sakhi to go as a messenger. Her portrayals of doing her hair and adorning herself brought out the mood of the heroine beautifully. The grand finale included the signature Kuchipudi item Tharangam with all its ingredients. Taking up Balamuralikrishna’s Gambhira Nattai composition ‘Amma Anandadayini,’ the dancer depicted Devi’s varied attributes including the Ardhanaari concept. Although the dancer was restrained in some areas, the lack of subtlety as she moved continuously across the stage for most part of the programme, created a sense of weariness.

Jaikishore Mosalikanti wielded the cymbals, vocal support was by Srikanth Gopalakrishnan, Guru Bharadhwaj was on the mridangam, Eashwar Ramakrishnan on the violin and Sruti Sagar on the flute.

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