Classical blend of music, mudras and movements

Bharatnatyam

It is rare that City dwellers get to witness a pure classical recital but recently when Kavitha Ramu performed at India International Centre, it was an evening
to remember.

Disciple of Guru K J Sarasa, Kavitha Ramu is a senior Bharatnatyam artiste who has been performing as a soloist since two decades. A rank holder in MA Public Administration, Kavitha balances life as a District Revenue Officer in  her hometown Tamil Nadu alongside her passion for classical dance.

This exponent in Nattuvangam, began her Bharatnatyam recital with Hariye gathi, a Telugu composition of Dr M Balamuralikrishna, set to Ragamalika and talam Adi, where she described, ‘Hari, you are my only abode, you are the only protector of all beings, protect me oh! Consort of Alamelu Manga’. She then went on to present fluid dance movements with perfect mudras and facial expressions.

This performance was followed by a Sanskrit recital, a Varnam, ‘Omkara pranava Nadotbhava’ in Raga Shanmugapriya and talam Adi. In this piece the dancer described, how Sruthi, Laya and Swara were born from from the Omkara; and how Murali’s flute is also an incarnation of the Omkara. She glorifies Pada Neerajamule
namiti – the Lotus feet of the Omkara.

Kavitha’s next performance was Javali, in Ragam Parasu  and talam Adi, where the female protagonist says, “None can qual my Lord in beauty, valour or in showering love and affection!

In the place of Padam, some pasurams in Tamil from Nachiyar Thirumozhi were performed.  Kavitha enacted Andal, who addresses to the conch, the panchajanya and asks if the ‘Lords lips smelt like that of the lotus or the camphor, and tasted sweet?’ The finale following this, saw a mesmerising performance from Thirupugazh, glorifying the valour of Lord Muruga.

Kavitha’s performance was ably supported by a music ensemble comprising Kaushik who provided the vocal support, NK Kesavan on mridangam, L Narendrakumar on Nattuvangam and Rakesh Prasanna on flute.

But inevitably, all eyes remained fixed on Kavitha’s celestial demeanour that she gained through her dance. “It was a great honour for me to have performed in front of an ever so appreciative audience at the India International Center. I have always looked forward to my dance performances at Delhi, for the reception and experience
has always been enriching and overwhelming,” said the danseuse after her
performance.

Recollecting her last visit to the Capital, Kavitha added, “The India International Rural Cultural Centre (IIRCC) invited me to interact with and perform for the lesser-privileged school children from the rural and semi-urban areas of Delhi. These were the children from lower middle-class, who were not exposed to art but were extremely interested in learning the art form. Performing for them and teaching them a few mudras and steps gave me an immense satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment.”

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