Narrating a beautiful story

Narrating a beautiful story

The Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Department of Kannada and Culture and Department of Youth Services and Sports, Youth Writers and Artists Guild, organised a bharatanatyam recital by Deepashree A V at Yavanika recently.

The performance started with the traditional pushpanjali, which is the starting piece of any bharatanatyam recital. It then moved on to a piece on a slokha on Nataraj and Ananthanarthana Ganapathi set to adi tala. Then followed a varnam in raga abheri, a piece in which Shiva is the nayak and Parvati the nayika. It talked about how Parvati’s prayers go unanswered by Shiva. Next was Anthapurageethe, a piece about one of the statues in Bellur temple and the excitement seen on it, set in raga hindola.

A Javali in raga mohana about the nayika Parvati being upset and asking Shiva to leave her alone and not wanting his companionship anymore, came next. The dance performance ended with a tillana, a composition by Balamurali Krishna, in brindavan raga, which portrays how everybody is enticed by the notes of the flute of Lord
Krishna.

The accompaniments included Rajalakshmi on nattuvangam, D S Srivatsa on vocals, Janardhan on mridangam, Jayaram on flute and Nataraj Murthy on violin.

 “I got a lot of appreciation for the javali, for the expressions, theme and choreography. Most thought it was unique in style,” said Deepashree, the young artiste about the response of the audience.

“This is a great opportunity to spread the culture of our state and the country. It is a novel concept by the authorities and I hope this effort goes on forever with support from the right people,” said Ananthkrishna, a retired Sanskrit professor, who was in the audience.

Supritha J D, a dance teacher, said, “Deepashree’s dance style and enthusiasm
on stage are worth appreciation. She has a distinct style of presenting each piece which will help her in future.”

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