A classical treat

DEFT FOOTWORK: From ‘Salangaiyil Sangathamizh’

DEFT FOOTWORK: From ‘Salangaiyil Sangathamizh’   | Photo Credit: PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM


ANNIVERSARY The four-day FGN Memorial cultural programme held in Tiruchi saw the coming together of music, dance and theatre.

The Rasika Ranjana Sabha observed the death anniversary of its founder F. G. Natesa Aiyer by organising FGN Memorial cultural programmes for four days. The highlight was the staging of the dance programme ‘Salangaiyil Sangatamizh,’ by Srirangam Bharathanatyalaya. The theme of the show was the Tirukkural, while select songs from other Sangam literature too were used.

The two-hour show consisted of three ‘Adhikarams’ of Tirukkural namely ‘Kadavul Vaazhthu’; ‘Naadu’; and ‘Makkat Peru’. Devotion has been the essence of art and literature of Tamil Nadu. The programme commenced with a dance choreographed by Revathi Muthuswamy, director of Bharathanatyalaya. The song was done with four Tirukkurals with appropriate jathis.

Classical treatment

The devotional pieces which followed were from Naalayira Divya Prabandham, Thiruvasagam and Kannappa Nayanar Sarithiram. Periazhwar’s Pallandu was given a classical treatment where as Maanikavasagar’s Thiruvasagam got a folk slant. The folk dance Porchunnam from Thiruvasagam was a visual treat. The simplified lyrics of Kannappa Nayanar Sarithiram by Sakthi Saranam were presented as a dance drama.

Next came the adhikaram ‘Naadu’, Tiruvalluvar’s depiction of a prosperous country. Well chosen songs from Purananooru, Silappadikaram and Kutrala Kuravanji entertained the viewers. The river Cauvery was praised in the song ‘Nadanthai Vaazhi Cauvery’.

The folk dance for ‘Aadhi Manidhan Thamizhan Than’ of Poet Bharathidasan was eye-catching. Dancers representing the four lands -- Kurinji, Mullai, Marudham and Neithal -- with appropriate costumes made it a grand show. The final piece was the adhikaram ‘Makkat Peru’. This piece depicted the joy of being a parent and the pride of bearing a responsible child.

The show came to end with a short dance drama depicting the story of child prodigy, Prahalada. This was written by Gomathy Venkat of Srirangam.

Good teamwork

Suganthi Premanand, Brindha and Manjula were the star dancers of the day. Young Mushalini, Nila, Saranya, Bhavani, Godhsri, Sudhakeerthi, Subasri and Nalini presented classical and folk dances. The show was choreographed by Revathi Muthuswmay. Her versatility in classical dance and literature could be seen in every piece. She did nattuvangam as well. Vocal support by Rasiga Prasath proved a big boon.

Tabla player Muthamizhselvan and violinist Nagercoil Ganapathy gave able support. Gomathy Venkat coordinated the script. ‘Tiruchi’ Jegan was the music director.

The FGN Memorial programmes commenced with the staging of the drama, ‘Petror Dinam’, directed by Kovai Pathu. Gajendrakumar had written the script and dialogue.

Mambalam sisters R. Vijayalakshmi and R. Chitra presented a vocal concert on the third day. They were supported by R. Hemalatha on violin, Mannargudi Srinivasan on mridangam and K. S. Rengachari on kanjeera. Tiruchi Ganesan of Prasar Bharathi, Madurai, and group gave vocal concert on the last day of the programme.

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