Dancing for a cause

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Dancing for a cause

The yellow light bounced off every step of hers. Consumed by the gentle rhythms that held her on course, Shobana danced with an unseen energy. Even as her ‘gejje’ chimed and steps entranced the audience, the dancer didn’t sway.

Flashes of energy pulsated through the dancer as she performed at Chowdiah Memorial Hall recently. The special performance, called ‘Samadhina’, was organised to raise funds for Vishranthi’s Children’s Home and Vocational Training Centre.
  Unlike most bharathanatyam performances, this held many surprises for its viewers. The programme began with dancers performing to excerpts from the Bible. They told the story of Jesus’ meeting with Mary and his Apostles, his crucifixion and rebirth, through contemporary dance mixed with bharathanatyam. This was choreographed by Shobana.
After this, Shobana took to the stage to perform two solo pieces. The first one was in ‘mohini raaga’, set to ‘rupaka talam’. She was well-received as she gracefully manoeuvred her way around the stage.

She was later accompanied by Vijay Ghate on tabla, Sanjoy Das on guitar and Anil Srinivasan on piano. She performed two tributes to Krishna, which were well-appreciated by the crowd. One song told the story of Krishna as the ‘makhan chor’, his times in Vrindavan and his love for Draupadi. Another was an extract from the ‘Gita Govinda’, and narrated the love Radha had for Krishna.  With Revathi Kumar on vocals, Venkat on violins, Mahesh on bamboo and TV Ramakrishnan on mridangam, the troupe made sure the audience had a time they would always remember.

The troupe also danced to sufi and Western classical music. By stringing together the works of Hazrat Shah Hussain and Johann Sebastian Bach, ‘Samadhina’ showcased a diversity of arts. Dressed in an anarkali suit, she, along with another dancers, danced to the soothing tunes of Hussain’s compositions. The dancers then changed into black tights to the sounds of Brandenburg concerto 3.

Vijayalakshmi, who came out with a smile on her face, said, “This was unlike any other dance performance. I especially like the Radha-Krishna numbers.” Sumathi was of the same opinion. “There wasn’t a moment that was boring in this recital,” she said.

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