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Soorya Festival

Nair sisters

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan conducted the “Soorya Festival” with three dance performances, last week. Veena Nair and Dhanya Nair, popularly known as ‘Nair Sisters’ are not strangers to dance lovers of Bangalore. They have been trained in Bharathanatya by none other than Narmada, Senior artiste and are also learning Mohiniattam, Kuchipudi and Karnatic music too.

Pushpanjali and Ganesha Stuthi were pleasingly executed. Their major item was a varna in the raga Shanmukha priya. The majestic varna with the story  of Markandeya and Nandanar in the “Sanchari”, was pleasing.

They executed the well knit theermanas with ease and assurance. The finale came in the form of a Thillana (Rathipathipriya).

With their pleasing  stage presence and neat presentation, Nair sisters made their performance enlivening . Ashwin Nair (natuvanga), Nandakumar (vocal), Gurumurthy (mridanga) and Vivek Krishna (flute)- provided able support to the dancers.

Cosmic dance

The “Cosmic” dance was presented by the Samudra of Thiruvanantapuram. It is founded  by Madhu Gopinath and Vakkom Sajeev, who have practiced kalaripayattu and yoga, apart from Bharathanatya and have produced a number of productions like ‘The sound of silence’, Jalam and Rhythm and have collaborated in many works.
Now they presented the “Anandatandava”, the cosmic dance of Siva (the dance of bliss). The Ananda Tandava is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy – creation, destruction preservation, salvation and illusion.
The modern idiom of dance as being experimented all over, lending a new dimension to dance art has been used in this production also.

Making the human body as a whole is the medium to evoke the sentiment using Bharathanatya and yoga. which was a different experience, though not a new thing for Bangalore dance goers.

Aradhana Concerts

Tyagaraja and Purandara Dasa Aradhana are being celebrated all over the city by different sabha and shalas. One such school Ragavendra Sangeetha Nrithya Kala shala conducted the Aradhana with music, bhajana, discourse, felicitation to senior artistes and rank students. Dr R K Srikantan presented four of the ‘Pancharathna Krithies, supported by his son R S Ramakantha. ‘Jagadananda Karaka’ innaata, ‘Dudukugala in Gowla, Sadhinchene o manasa’ in Aarabhi and “Endaro Mahanubhavalu’ in Sri Raga were rendered in that order. With his vast experience, R K S sang with good feeling. Nalina Mohan on violin, A V Anand on mridanga and S  Lalgudi Rajalakshmi and Pradeshacharya.Srishyla an on Ghata – accompanied the vocalist.

Just Passable

The last concert of the festival was a violin solo by Lalgudi Rajalakshmi. She opened the concert with “Ninne Bhajane” with good mood. “Sandeha mu elara’ and “Koluvai yunnade” – both were good selections. Kharaharapriya was evocative and the stately Krithy “Pakkala nilabadi’ was briefly elaborated. It was embellished with brisk swara. She concluded with a lilting “Uyyala”. Co-player Pradeshacharya is just  passable and has to go a long way to impress. H S Sudhindra on mridanga and S Srishylan on ghata supported the violinists.

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