Talented youth put their best foot forward
Kalasagaram’s annual youth festival gave an opportunity to young, talented dancers to display their skills. The three-day festival held at Keys Girls High School, Secunderabad, came to a close on Sunday. On the first day, disciples of Rajeswari Sainath presented Thyagaraja Gana Raga Pancharatna Keerthanas in dance form.
Kalasagaram’s annual youth festival gave an opportunity to young, talented dancers to display their skills. The three-day festival held at Keys Girls High School, Secunderabad, came to a close on Sunday. On the first day, disciples of Rajeswari Sainath presented Thyagaraja Gana Raga Pancharatna Keerthanas in dance form. Koka Hiranmayi started the dance recital with “Jagadanandakaraka” (Nata) while Sreenithi Saithej danced to “Dudukugala” (Gowla). Similarly, Taruni Sanjay performed on “Sadhincheney Oh Manasa” (Arabhi).
This was followed by “Kanakanaruchira” (Varali) by Sanjana Umesh and Sahana Umesh. And the last piece, “Endaromahanubhavulu” (Sri), was decently executed by all the disciples with an astute abhinaya. Nattuvangam by Rajeswari Sainath, vocal by Gomathy, Nagai Nayagam (mridnagam), Sivakrishna Swaroop (violin), VBS Murali (flute) and Kanjira by Srikanth added flavour to the dance form.
Srishti Budhori, disciple of Manjula Ramaswamy and VS Ramamurthy, gave a Bharatanatyam performance. The dynamic 20-year-old, who is studying medicine, started her recital with a kowtwam on Murugan in Shanmukhapriya raga, a traditional item of Tanjavur, with a pleasing presentation. Then she took a varnam in the Khamas raga, “Mathe Malayadhwaja”, a work of Muthiah Bhagavathar with astute abhinaya. While delineating the charanams, Srishti showed the balance of movements both in jathi and abhinaya with perfect footwork.
She moved on to a famous Javali item, a work of Pattabhiramayya. She concluded the dance programme with a thillana in Sindhubhairavi and a bhajan of Narasimha Mehta, “Vaishnava Jana”, much to the merriment of the audience. Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi recitals by Amrutha Mungikar and Preethi Thathambhotla, disciples of Geetha Ganesan and Dr Sobha Naidu respectively, marked the last day. Both the performances began with invocation items. Amrutha Mungikar started off with a varnam in Poorvikalyani wherein she demonstrated her free body movements and good abhinaya. She concluded her dance programme with an Abhang of Bhanudas, wherein she depicted some episodes of Lord Krishna.
Dr Sobha Naidu’s Preethi Thathambhotla commenced her recital with “Kanjadalayataakshi” (Kamalamanohari) of Muthuswami Deekshitulu. She moved on to “Vachhenu Alimelumanga” (Khamas) of Annamacharya where she gave a good portrayal. Alivelu Manga’s postures showed nava rasa, viz. sringara, hasya, karuna, rowdra, veeera, bhayanaka, bhibatsa, adbhutha and santha, in all its perfection.
Both Amrutha and Preethi performed to “Appadurooku Lownythini” (Khamas) of Pattabhirmaiah. Nattuvangam and vocal by Geetha Gansean, Sobha Naidu and Raghunandan and Swetha Prasad were pleasing. Sridharachari on mridangam and K Saikumar on violin gave good instrumental support.
By:Chivukula Rama Mohan