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 Chandrika SrinivasSankranthi festival

A 7 days ‘Sankranti Festival’ was organised under the joint auspices of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira and Neelambari, last week. A talented artiste Radha Bhaskar, is known in the field not only as a vocalist, but also a scholar and editor.
Radha’s artistic finesse came to the fore throughout the concert. However, the piece de resistance was “Kaligi yunte”, the lovely composition of saint Tyagaraja. Her ragalapana was honed to the traditional format, with melodious aplomb. The brisk swaraprasthara steered her recital to a lively course. She also sang few devotionals like – Devaki Vasudeva, Yadava nee baa, Tirupathi Venkataramana – heightening its lyrical overtones. The Thillana was also pleasing. She was well supported on violin by Charulatha Ramanujam and on Mridanga by B C Manjunath.

Nritya Vaibhava

Three NRI dancers performed in the ‘Nritya Vaibhava’, held under the aegis of the Ananya and the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

Chandrika Srinivas, who hails from Bangalore is pursuing a Ph D in Australia. She is also a vocalist and a disciple of Narmada and Bhanumathi. The celebrated varna “Swamiye Vara Sholladi” was an excellent choice for Chandrika. She performed with ease and assurance and her good training and experience was evident throughout.

Veteran and well-known artiste Padma Subramaniam’s student  Janaki Rangarajan, trains young aspirants at Nritya Niketan, Washington. She had selected “Keerthana (ardhanareeswaram), swarajathi (Kamesh), a composition (Ragamalike) and a thillana (Hamsanandi). Instead of a varna which would have shown the dancer in full bloom, she opted for a rather thin repertoire of items. Still with her graceful abhinaya and immaculate movements impressed the connoisseurs. Navia Natarajan, though currently based in USA, is not a stranger to Bangaloreans. She learnt dance here with Padmini Ramachandran and is now being guided by Bragha Bessell and A Lakshman. The classic varna (Saami nine kori – Asta ragamalika) was well rendered with good command and grace. Her restrained but pleasing abhinaya was noticed in the Astapadi (Yahi Madhava).

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