Vibrant dance show


COMMENDABLE: Sailasudha troupe from Chennai. PHOTO K. Ananthan

COMMENDABLE: Sailasudha troupe from Chennai. PHOTO K. Ananthan  

The illuminated towers and ramparts of the ancient Siva temple at Perur resonated with the tinkling of the anklets. Hundreds of people thronged the Patteeswaram temple to watch the eighth `Natyanjali' organised by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis.

The disciples of Amudha Dhandapani of Coimbatore presented a neat performance with well-chosen items. The programme, well-planned by the guru, started with `Karpaga Vinayakane, Karunaikkadale' a meaningful song in Tamil on Ganesa.

`Rajarajeswari Devi' was impressive. After the virutham `Kunitha puruvamum' the lovely composition, `Yaaradinaar, ini evaraaduvaar' was presented by the petite Mathula whose expressions conveyed the meaning of the sahitya. Murali's `kavadiyattam' for `Pullikkalabhamayil vaahanan' was majestic. Bhavani Kishore Kumar's singing was impressive and enjoyable while Kailash on the violin and Kadayanallur Narayanan on the mridangam gave their full support to the dancers.

The Bharathanatyam presentation by `Sailasudha' from Chennai was commendable. Beginning with the magnificent mallari, followed by the Sambandhar thevaram, `Thodudaiya seviyan' the dancers passed on to the well-known `Natanam Aadinaar `in Vasantha by Gopalakrishna Bharathiar.

During the varnam, `Karunai seithidal Aagaathaa' in Sankarabharanam, Shailaja depicted the intense longing of the nayika for union with the Lord.

C. V. Chandrasekhar

C. V. Chandrasekhar  

The meaningful lyric, Ranjani's soulful singing and the laudable abhinaya and footwork of Shailaja succeeded in sustaining the interest of the spectators. `Shankara sri girinatha prabho' by Swathi Thirunal in Hamsanandhi and `Shakthikkoothu' by Mahakavi Bharathiar in Shivashakthi were brilliant. Her disciples Shyamala, Krithika, Srinidhi and Nandini added colour and vibrancy to the show. Arjit Narayan's majestic nattuvangam, Sri Ram Shankar Babu's energetic mridangam and Nagaraju's mellifluous violin greatly enhanced the appeal of Shailaja's skilful performance.

Prof. Chandrasekhar's presentation along with his daughter Chithra was a source of inspiration. Age has not affected the agility of the veteran.

`Manavi chekkonna radha', the varnam presented by Chandra sekhar was steeped in viyoga sringara, portraying the pangs of separation. Chithra presented another lovely Tamil song, `Eththai kandu ichchai kondaayadi magale.' Nattuvangam by his wife Jaya Chandrasekhar (also a famous dancer), vocal support by Vanathi, mridangam by Adayar Balu and violin by Anantha Krishnan were first-rate.

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