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Performances at Bhavanjali celebrated the beauty of classical styles

The ninth edition of the year-long Bhavanjali, hosted by Sam Ved Society of Performing Arts, was a mixed fare of four dance forms.

Saji Menon began her recital with Ganapati slokam and moved on to ‘Poonthen Nermozhi,’ (Anandabhairavi, Adi, Swati Tirunaal). The Nayika, a virahot khanthika is pining for her lover.

Tatvam (Kharaharapriya, Adi) was a strong ritualistic piece based on tantric worship of Srichakra and Aadi Shakti Bhagwati Devi.

Mohiniyattom by Saji Menon

Mohiniyattom by Saji Menon  

Ancient traditional and theatrical ambience of Kerala was created on stage by the artiste, through chants and pure dance movements. The universal square, lotus with seven petals, the eternal circle, the Mandala, lotus with sixteen petals, in the centre are the ascending and descending modes of triangle representing enlightenment, piercing ignorance and the Bindu, representing the soul.

The entire repertoire of Saji was researched, conceptualised and choreographed by Kanak Rele and music composed by Kavalam Narayan Panikker.

From Gita Govindam

In the Odissi genre, Ankur Ballal opened with Dasavatar, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, taken from Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam. The avatars come at a juncture when the world is in a crisis. Vishnu desiccates evil, removes negativity and anchors a positive change creating a whole new world. Set in raag Mohana, taal Jhampa, it was comprehensive and complete in execution.

Odissi by Ankur Ballal

Odissi by Ankur Ballal  

The second presentation was an Odia Abhinay on Salabega, early 17th century poet. Inflicted by Leprosy, he goes to Puri Jagannath temple but is refused entry, due to his Muslim birth. He walks to Vrindavan to live the life of an ascetic, reciting Krishna bhajans with sages. He returns to Puri desiring to see the Ratha yatra of Lord Jagannath. Worried that he would not reach Puri on time, he appeals to the Lordto wait. Nandighosa, the cart of Lord Jagannath, does not move until Salabega arrives. ‘Ahe Neela Soila’ set to Raag Mishra Aravi, detailed the episodes of Gajendra Moksha and Draupadi Vastraharan. Ankur did full justice to the emotive aspect of Salabega’s devotional lyrics. Music for both the pieces was by Pt. Bhubaneshwar Mishra and choreography by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

Ambali Praharaj, alumni of Kalakshetra, Chennai, presented a scintillating tillana (Dhanashree, Adi, Swati Tirunal) proving her nritta skills, both in choreography and presentation. The ‘Pashyati dishi dishi,’ ashtapadi addressed Hari.

Ambali Praharaj, alumni of Kalakshetra, Chennai

Ambali Praharaj, alumni of Kalakshetra, Chennai  

Set in raga Sankarabharanam, tala adi, the piece brought out her emotive skills.

Mitali Varadkar, disciple of Shubhada Varadkar started her performance with Adi Sankaracharya’s Ardhanareeshwar stuti. The stately Siva juxtaposed to the grace of Parvati was well brought out with picture-perfect postures.

Mitali Varadkar, disciple of Shubhada Varadkar

Mitali Varadkar, disciple of Shubhada Varadkar  

She concluded her performance with a Marathi poem of Sant Dnyaneshwar ‘Ghanu vaje ghunaghuna’. Mitali brought out the deep-rooted madhura bhakti bhava of Radha in this section. Music composition for both pieces was by Vijay Tambe and choreography by Shubhada Varadkar.

Fourteen-year-old Kavya Maniyar, disciple of Uma Dogra, presented paran amad and guru slokam, teen taal vilambit and drut. Her dedication to the art and guru parampara came through in uthaan, toda, tukra, tatkar and perfect pirouettes. Somnath on vocal support, Vivek Mishra on tabla and Dogra on padant enlivened the quality performance.

The concluding presentation was by students of Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts, who are learning Kathak under Uma Dogra. They presented tarana in teen taal in raag Megh with well-rehearsed precision.

SNDA group presenting kathak during Bhavanjali

SNDA group presenting kathak during Bhavanjali  

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