An eye for tradition

EXPRESSIVE: From the 'Varnam' recital.

Under the guidance of Guru Minal Prabhu, the Mudrika Ensemble presented a fascinating Bharatanatyam recital called Maargam at the Seva Sadan recently.

With much confidence, the performers — Anant, Ponnamma, Vasudha, Janani and Supriya began the programme with Pushpanjali in Ragam Nagaswaravali and Talam Adi.

Interestingly, each of the recitals were choreographed as a solo item but the students wove them into group dances and presented them with good co-ordination.
This was followed by Ganesha Stuti in Ragam Chakravakam and Talam Adi. This recital brought out the personality of the dancers.

The Keertanai in Ragam Amritavarshini and Talam Adi, was a sheer delight. Ponnamma explained that though this dance form faces a lot of pressure, that of losing its traditional form, she aims to preserve it in its purest manner.

The Varnam in Ragam Karaharapriya and Talam Adi, a very popular recital of the Maargam, had three of its promising students — Vasudha, Janani and Supriya performing.

Full of expressions and graceful movements, they did complete justice to the recital.
This was then followed by Padam in Ragam Maanji, Jaavali in Ragam Behag, Keertanai’in Ragamalika, concluding with Tillana in Ragam Sri Ranjini.

The evening also saw the felicitation of Vasant Vedam, the chief guest of the evening and U A Vasant Rao, the Deputy Commissioner Resources, BBMP, who was the guest of honour.

On the whole, the evening provided a great visual and vocal treat to all present.

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