Appealing rendition

INSPIRING Neela Ramgopal's voice culture was of high order  

Seasoned dancer and teacher Jaya of Natya Darpana proved her mettle as a professional dancer when she negotiated the traditional Bharatanatya items at Ravindra Kalakshetra. Her programme was held during the anniversary celebrations of her school and noted scholar Dr. Ra. Sathyanarayana of Mysore and veteran Guru Shivarao were felicitated. That she is an experienced and expert dancer became evident in the rendition of Nattakuranji varna. Her satwika abhinaya, nritta packed with varieties of aduvus and jathis and the neat nrithya was endearing. Jaya's artistry and dedication to the dance form glowed in the elucidation of a Jayadeva-Ashtapadi "Yaahi Madhava" highlighting the status of a khanditha nayaki. In the Kannada pada "Adigo Barutihane" (Bilahari) and the shloka drawn from Madhurashtaka "Adharam madhuram" dancer's abhinaya was seasoned with artistry. A ragamalika tillana brought down the curtains on her recital. Bharathi Venugopal (vocal), B.R. Purushottam (nattuvanga), Venugopal (flute) and Srihari (mridanga) lent lively support.* * *BTM Cultural Academy deserves to be commended for its efforts in serving the rasikas with solid and classical music. It has been arranging a variety of programmes in enriching the tastes of the lovers of music. The latest series of programmes in connection with the Aradhana celebrations held at Sri Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind drew packed audiences. The artistes were assigned to sing a particular composer's songs in the respective concerts during the eight-day music festival. Thus gem-compositions of Thyagaraja, Shyama Sastry, Dikshitar, Muttaiah Bhagavatar, Papanasam Sivan etc, regaled the rasikas making festival literally a Vaggeyakara Vaibhava series. Veteran vocalist Neela Ramgopal appropriately accompanied by Suma Venkatesh (vocal support), Akkarai Subbulakshmi (young violinist dazzled in her role), Shivu (mridanga) and M.A. Krishnamurthy (ghata), glorified the compositions by Muttaiah Bhagavatar with her profound classicism, artistry and Carnatic aesthetics. Her voice culture was of a high order. She could navigate all the sthayis with ease and perfection. "Vanchitonute" with fine chittaiswaras set a lively tempo to the concert. A detailed Kambhoji beautified by graha-bedha and systematic development for "Shivam Haram Shantham Bhaja Manasa" punctuated with neraval and swaravinyasa impressed the rasikas. M. SURYA PRASAD