Dance

Young prodigy

Nivedita.  

Here is yet another moving story of Bengaluru based T.J Nivedita, who suffers from hearing impairment, but making news as a talented Bharatanatyam dancer. She had already won some awards, earmarked for the differently-abled.

Her aunt Subhadra and mother Rama, being Bharatanatyam exponents, Nivedita too began learning at the age of five under their guidance.

Now, just over her teens, her performance at Thyagaraya Ganasabha, recently won the hearts of the audience for displaying her avidity to perform with perfection, following the gestures of the nattuvanar Subhadra and singer Rama. Jolly Friends Cultural Association held this show to felicitate Nataraja Ramakrishna, marking his 88th birthday celebrations. What is more, this young dancer Nivedita mastered some of the Daruvus of ‘Navajanardana Parijatham' of the Andhra Natyam and added these numbers to pay her respects to Guru Ramakrishna.

Nivedita began with a traditional Pushpanjali in Nata, Aditalam and continued with Natesa Kautvam in praise of Lord Siva.

This was set in ragamalika format. She showcased her skills in going through complex foot work patterns, choreographed in five different jatis.

Later she came out with the interpretation of Puranadaradasu kirtana in ragamalika written in praise of Lord Siva, taking into picture two themes that needed in-depth abhinaya.

This kirtana was in fact converted into varnam format with intermittent jatis, in the absence of a regular varnam. The first episode, she chose was ‘Kama Dahanam.' Dhyana Nivedita aptly interpreted the myriad moods that steer the drama, intertwined with jatis.

The second episode Nivedita dramatised was about how Lord Siva went to the rescue of Markandeya.The thematic interpretation had some commendable tandava postures.

Rama, a mellifluous vocalist, now settled in Bengaluru, had been with Nataraja Ramakrishna during early days of Ramakrishna's efforts to popularise this Andhra Natyam that he researched and developed. Rama's support to her daughter and also that of her aunt Subhadra on this occasion steered the presentation into a memorable event.




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