A musical journey

ART LOVERS in the city gathered at the Senate Hall on November 10 with mixed feelings about attending a `music programme with a difference'. They were in for a pleasant surprise.

The programme began with the rich and vibrant rendering of a folk song, accompanied by dholak, nagara, sarangi and tabla.

A musical journey

The audience remained hooked to the stage for the next two hours. Presented by Akhra, a U.S.-based group headed by Nandlal Nayak and organised by Innovations, `Safar' was a Bodhi Music (Chennai) production. Nayak, one of Jharkand's leading musicians, has composed the music for the show. `Safar', as the name implied, was a musical journey featuring 13 musicians and six dancers from five countries - music, dance and poetry explore the theme - `journey through life to the final destination'. Thiruvananthapuram was one of the five venues of the show in the country. Featuring folk instruments such as mandar, koto, jushchigen, kartal, sarangi, flute, snake charmer's pipe, and south Indian instruments such as mridangam and tabla, `Safar' was not merely an attempt to break from the traditional mould. It looked original every bit.

The programme featured such artistes as Daniel Camarda, Chieko Mori, Kohinoor Langa, Rich Stein and Bhushan Mundu.

`Safar' included the premiere presentation of `Crane', a contemporary dance work by Wendy Jehlen from the U.S. The dance compilation focused on the images of the crane and the lotus, both of which are Buddhist symbols of `beauty growing out of chaos and sufferings'. Both these images symbolise the fragile and fleeting nature of the world in which the beautiful and the pure ascend momentarily out of the morass. Other images in the `Crane' included those of dusk, autumn and moon, symbolising the ephemeral beauty guiding us to `moksha'. The dancers included Tara Murphy (U.S.), Andrea Jacob, Gunasekhar, M. Palani and Denver Antony Nicolas (Chennai).