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Tales through ballets

Dancers at the Nritya Kinnera dance fest

Dancers at the Nritya Kinnera dance fest   | Photo Credit: arranged

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Nritya Kinnera arranged staging of two ballets — one on Godavari Pushkarams with the title ‘Pushkara Pulakita Godavari’ written by Bnim and another on life and times of one of the most beautiful courtesans ‘Amrapali’, scripted by Vaddepalli Krishna, last week at Ravindra Bharati. Both were choreographic works of Maddali Usha Gayatri, noted Kuchipudi dancer and Guru who took significant roles in both productions.

Pushkaram theme details the richness of celebrations that take place once in every 12 years according to zodiac scale. Maddali Usha Gayatri played Guru Brihaspati. Ujwala as Godavari, Ashrita as Pushkarudu were in main roles. Some of Usha’s disciples played other rivers. Music score and rendition was by Srivalli Sarma. Kuchipudi scion Seshubabu conducted the dances with Sridhar on mridangam, Srikanth on tabla, Venkatesh on flute, and Anil on violin and Sudhakar on veena.

Amrapali

The second ballet ‘Amrapali’ depicted the tale of a courtesan who lived some fifteen hundred years ago during rule of Bimbisara of Magadha and neighboring land was Vaishali of Ujjain confederacy.

Usha Gayatri as Budha lived the role. Swathi played another important role of Bimbisara. But the main role of Amrapali was taken by Soundarya Koushik and played this central role with aplomb. Saritha, Vaishnavi, Sraddha and Archana as Buddha bikshus and Ankitha, Supriya, Siri and Usha Chandrika as Amrapali’s sakhis gave neat performances. A few of the dancers danced in folk style. The courtesan dance and a dance celebrating Vasantha season were notable presentations.

This being more in a textual form of narration of Amrapali’s story, it was marked with songs and dances mostly in dramatised format, with occasional jatis. The live orchestra was comprised of the same artistes who supported the earlier ballet on ‘Godavari Pushkaram’.

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