Captivating footwork on display

Captivating footwork on display

Mesmerising

The audience were treated to a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary compositions. People who were not acquainted with the technicalities of Kuchipudi also appreciated the concert, thanks to Vyjayanthi’s insightful briefing on the meaning and significance before the beginning of every piece.

She began the performance with ‘Poorvarangavidhi’ in a traditional mode. The piece was based on a purification mantra Apavitra Pavitro Va. Here the dancers set the pace for the concert by seeking the blessings of goddess tripura sundari. The gentle and divine quality of this piece communicated the spiritual aspects of the dance form. The three dancers in colourful costumes presented this delightful composition with matched artistic expression.

A contemporary piece on Dashavatara, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu featuring Matsya, Koorma, Varaha, Narasimha, Vaamana, Parashurama, Rama, Balarama, Boudda and Kalki was steeped in stylish formations and was an effort to bring alive the distinct qualities of the ten manifestations on stage. And the piece which was set to Raag Mohan acknowledged the undiluted style and choreographic talents of Vyjayanthi Kashi. The audience thoroughly enjoyed this performance.

The vigorous tandava nritya, a dance of destruction and recreation was presented by three dancers. The performance was a combination of artistic hand gestures, brisk footwork. Tarangam, meaning waves was the concluding number. Based on Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini, a musical work by Carnatic Classical scholar Narayana Teertha, the composition was a romantic story of Krishna and Rukmini.

The dancers were at their best during this number and showcased their dancing acumen with their flawless movements on a brass plate. Their performance was in sync with the beautiful lyrics of Tarangini.  As the dancers presented the pranks of Krishna on Rukmini, the audience cheered aloud.

“I was not acquainted with classical dance forms and never thought a kuchipudi concert will be this captivating thanks to Vyjayanthi Kashi who briefed the audience on the technicalities of the dances before every presentation,” said Arundhati Mesta, from the audience.

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