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Pleasing dance

Striking a pose: Swetha Lakshman’s performance
A recipient of 'Prathibha Puraskar' (Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy) and a scholarship (Govt of India) she has performed in several places including New Delhi, Chennai and Portblair.

A Law graduate Swetha has been selected now by the 'Eyalisai Nataka Mandram' to perform in four different places of Tamil Nadu. Recently, she has also opened a dance school called 'Nupura Ninaada' where she teaches young aspirants.

To celebrate the tenth year of her 'Rangapravesha', Swetha Lakshman gave a dance recital at the Parampara auditorium on Tuesday.

She opened the recital with a 'Pushpanjali' in the raga Malaya Marutha. Her Nritya in the varna "Sakhiye" (Anandabhairavi) was crisp. "Bho Shambo" is a popular devotional and the Pada (chudara) was also evocative. Shreyas (Natuvanga) Bharathi Venugopal (Vocal), S V Giridhar (Mridanga), Vivek Krishna (Flute), Dr Nataraj Murthy (Violin) and Betta Venkatesh Murthy (Morching) supported from the wings.

Promising dancer

Ramya  SunadRamya Sunad who performed in the "EFCEP' series, is a student of 'Sanchari', dance school of Vani Ganapathi. Well educated (BE, MBA) Ramya horned and studied in Bangalore, is now settled in USA. Ramya's invocatory piece and the keerthane (Sarasamukhi) vouched for a sound grounding. She made an impression with her sprightly angikas and easy stance. Her portrayal in the familiar varna (Natakuranji) proved, that she is continuing the practice rigorously and her laya could not be faulted. After the devaranama (Daya Mado Ranga), she concluded with a fine tillana.

Karthik Dathar (Natuvanga), Balasubramanya Sharma (Vocal), V R Chandrasekhar (Mridanga), R Dayakar (Violin) and Vivek Krishna (Flute) gave her good support.

Memorable recital

Nonagenarian Pandit Ramabhau Bijapure gave a memorable harmonium recital. The way he played with ease even at the age of 93, was astonishing! He brought out the old world flavour of the raga in Desh with subtle and rich "Raga Bhava'.

The Bhairavi also brought nostalgic memories. Udayraj Karpur gave good support on tabala.

Harmonium habba

The Harmonium Habba organised by the Bijapure Harmonium Foundation was successful in every respect.

The festival highlighted the glory of Harmonium - especially of its solo performances. In the evening Session Dr Aravind Thatte of Poona cast a spell on the audience. On his harmonium rag purya Dhanashri glowed with resplendent glory. With his impeccable mastery and virtuosity he surprised the audience by playing a "Tappa" (Kamach).

Comparatively Yaman was brief, but energetic and elaborated imaginatively. Ravindra Yavagal gave adequate support on tabala.

Lively alapana

Vasudha Keshav, who gave a vocal recital in the "Sangathi" series (Ananya) hails from Mysore and now settled in Chennai, is not a new name to connoisseurs of music. She unfolded Bhegade for the Deekshithar's Keerthane "Thyagarajaya Namasthe", impressively. After a quick "Anupamagunambudi", the Kharaharapriya was elaborated. With lively Sangathies and a brief Sruthibheda, it was pleasing with graceful phrases.
The celebrated Krithi "Rama Neeyada" was wholesome with interesting Swara Prasthara.

She concluded with a fine devaranama "Nambadiru ea deha".

She was ably assisted by Jyotsna Manjunath (Violin), Radesh (Mridanga) and Bhagyalakshmi Krishna (Morching).

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