Dance

Different styles

The third and the last day of Kalasagaram's Annual youth festival of dance featured a Bharatanatyam performance by K. Soumya. A disciple of gurus V.S. Ramamurthy and Manjula Ramaswamy, Soumya is presently pursuing Masters in performing arts after her stint with Kalakshetra, Chennai. Her performance showed the confluence of the different styles imbibed by her.

The first item was a Shiva Sthuthi , Angikam Bhuvanam Yasya in Revathi set to Misra Chapu. In this piece choreographed by Vasanthalakshmi and Narasimhachari, Soumya described Lord Shiva's roopam in vivid detail.

This was followed by a jathiswaram composed by Dandayudhapani Pillai in the raga Kanada. Soumya showed off her good footwork in this piece choreographed by Pasumarthi Ramalinga Sastry.

The center piece was the Dhanyasi varnam, Ye Maguva Bhodinchera, a composition of Chinnaya Pillai in praise of the king of Mysore.

In this piece choreographed by Rukmini Devi Arundale, Soumya elegantly showed the pangs of separation. A Padam, ‘Mugathai Kaatti', in praise of Lord Shiva in the raga Bhairavi followed the elaborate Varnam. Here the devotee asks as to why the Lord chose to show only his face and not his entire form. Next came the famous javali, Appadurukulonaithine in raga Khamas.

She concluded her performance with a Krishna Tandavam of Oothukaadu Venkata Kavi in Gambheera Naatai. Guru Manjula Ramaswamy conducted the proceedings on the Cymbals while Voleti Saisivani provided mellifluous vocal support.

The experienced troupe consisting of ever-dependable Rajagopalachari on the mridangam, veteran Dattatreya on the flute, Saikumar on the violin and Srikanth on the special effects enhanced the quality of the whole performance.

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