Not a step out of place


Flexible: Vasanth Kiran

It is rare to see male soloists performing Kuchipudi these days, although Kuchipudi is  predominantly a male-performing art.

Says Vasanth, “I was initially trained under Vempatti Chinna Satyam and Vempatti Ravishankar. Currently, I am under the tutelage of Manju Barggavee.”

The programme began with traditional prayer Vani Paraku in Kamboji raag. This was performed as an invocation.

After this, Vasanth began with Jayamu Jayamu in Ragamalika and Adi taala, an offering to Goddess Saraswati and Siddhendra Yogi, which is both composed and choreographed by Vempatti Chinna Satyam. The neat bodylines and stage presence made the performance lively.

The main item of the evening which artiste Vasanth chose was Ananda Thandavavam ade in Raagamalika and Adi Taala, a composition of C Narayan Reddy.

This was one of the most intricately choreographed pieces and comprised chaaris, brisk jathis and complicated and agile movements.

These intricate movements had the flow which is central to any Kuchipudi recital. It was characterised by fast rhythms and fluid movements, creating a unique blend of strength and delicacy.  As Vasanth agrees, “One needs a amazing stamina to present these items.”

This tremendous energy and brilliance was very well brought out by him during the performance.

The programme concluded with Dhanshri Thillana by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal. This piece was choreographed by Manju Barggavee. One could see the connectivity in the movements and an intelligent inclusion of Sanchari (episode).

This composition beautifully and emphatically explained Vishnu toning down the ego and anger of Brighumaharshi.

It was treat to watch legendry dancer and actress Manju Barggavee on nattuvangam, who was ably supported by Thiruvarur Girish on vocal, Sridharacharya on mridangam, Ganesh on flute and Nataraja Murthy on violin.

The performance was one of its kind and many in the audience enjoyed this dance repertoire.

Says Kumudha, a housewife, “I have always enjoyed watching Kuchipudi although I am not well-versed in cultural dance forms. Nevertheless, the performance was very enriching and gave me a whole new perspective about the art form.”

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