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Hema arangam: Myriad portrayals

Kiranmayee Madupu

Kiranmayee Madupu  

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‘Hema Arangam’ celebrated its first anniversary by hosting a blend of art forms.

Hema Arangam Cultural Society celebrated its first anniversary at CCRT on Republic Day. Students of Hema Arangam, Bharatanatyam dancer Kiranmayee Madupu, costume designer Ghana NB and sand artist Kanth Risa mesmerised the audience with their creativity.

Kiranmayee Madupu, disciple of veteran guru Hemamalini Arni, who has named her cultural organisation in honour of her guru, has come a long way by sheer hard work, dedication and devotion to dance.

The evening’s performance began with her students taking the stage.

As is customary, the evening’s recital began with an invocation to elephant headed god, Lord Ganesha with the popular hymn Vatapi Ganapathi in Raag Hamsadhwani. This was followed by Alarippu in Roopaka talam. The students brought out the special charm of pure dance in this piece. The rhythm has a rare capacity to invoke concentration. Presenting jathiswaram in Saveri and Roopaka talam, the students exhibited their versatility in elaborate footwork and graceful body movements. Coming to the main item, Kiranmayee’s students presented Shabdam Sarasi Jakshulu in Malika where each student of the group assumed roles of either Krishna or Gopika and described various mischievous tales of Lord Krishna.

Keeping the patriotic flavour in mind, Kiranmayee Madupu presented Vande Mataram in Bharatanatyam style keeping the audience spellbound. Her expressive face was able to reflect the salutations to Mother India. Kiranmayee and her students were ably supported by Srinivas Karra on the nattuvangam, Sangeetha Kala on vocals, Sridharachary on mridangam and Sai Kolanka on violin.

Earlier, the evening’s performance began with the display of Chennai-based Ghana NB’s latest collection Atlas - A travel, life and art show.

Ghana, who has also worked as costume designer in Telugu film Yevade Subramanian, presented about 100 pieces of her art collection at the venue. The uniqueness was not just in the art but the way it was presented. Accompanied by installation artist Ramesh, she used the trees and branches at the venue to hang the artwork in an aesthetic manner.

Another unique event was a sand art show by the author of Notes of Mushin, Kanth Risa, who through his medium depicted the struggles that artists face in the contemporary world.



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