Nrithyotsav-2013

This two day festival of Indian Classical Dances was held at Ravindra Bharathi on 5th and 6th June 2013. 

 

5th June 2013: Part 1: Kuchipudi Dance by Dr Yashoda Thakore

Dr Yashoda Thakore showcased a thematic presentation Setubandhanam in Kuchipudi style. 
THE HINDU reviewed this dance program as below:
“The thematic presentation in Kuchipudi format was something unique, in the sense, it has never been explored by any other dancer known to us. ‘Setubandhanam’ by Yashoda Thakore was not just the story of Ramayana using the flash-back technique, but its allegorical connotation has been brought out with absolute clarity and simplicity within the artistic medium. “
“The artist as keen to drive home certain greater truths rather than the familiar story of Ramayanawhich ofcourse formed the outer coat of her dance theme. She blended the Valmiki Ramayana verses(Sanskrit) with Tulasidas’ Ramacharitra Manas’ verses with a dash of  Thygaraja kriti and more modern day Devulapalli Krishna Sastry’s composition. Together they made for a wholesome sequence of events in song format.”

5th June 2013: Part 2: Kathak Dance by Smt. Mangala Bhatt

THE HINDU reviewed this dance program as below:
“Part two of Sica Nrithyotsav was led by our very own Kathak exponent Mangala Bhatt and her desciples in the customary format of a Ganesh Vandana followed by technical nritta (pure dance), a thumri.  a Shyayari Sargam, two taranas and a Sufi piece. Mangala took to the stage in three solos which she presented with elan.”
“Shaheri Sargam teri mehfil mey … was beautiful especially the expressive lines where the group tried to show three different looks (nazar) dipicting three varied moods!
The Sufi song with white dupatta held across the head and shoulders (like the dervish) was more of an aesthetic piece where the dancers with slow moves gyrated to a prayerlike song to a partially lit stage which made for a suitable ambience.”

 

6th June 2013: Bharatanatyam Dance Drama by Smitha Madhav

THE HINDU reviewed this dance program as below:
” The refreshing offering of ‘Azhagar Kurinji’ ballet by Smitha Madhav gave us a peak into ancient Tamil folk dance tradition, adopted by doyens like Rukmini Devi Arundale into a classical mode (Bharatanatyam) with its popularity and freshness intact.”
   
 “Smitha as the wealthy Mohana Valli exuded charm and grace as she danced her way delicately into the hearts of the audience.  …….  Her role, with minimal footwork, was demanding in terms of abhinaya, especially three solo songs in sequence ( Ivvan yaaro ariyen sakhiye, Madhavanai and Kadalai endranai )  which needed varied treatment and to Smitha’s credit it must be admitted that she dramatised these with aplomb.”