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Dance for national unity

Tuesday, January 06, 2015
By Vijay Shanker

People's Arts Centre presented a unique programmme – 'Dance for National Unity' featuring six classical dance styles of India. The star attraction of the programme was the performance by actress Manju Warrier and Gracy Singh. Manju indeed created a lasting impression with her impeccable and enthralling performance.

It presented Manju Warrier for Kuchipudi, Gracy Singh for Bharata Natyam, Saji Menon for Mohiniattam, Rachita Atibudhi for Manipuri, Anusua Roy for Manipuri and Kathak by Aditi Yadav. Saji Menon is the talented disciple of renowned Mohiniattam exponent Dr Kanak Rele. Saji was the first performer of the evening, her rendition of Kubja was noteworthy for the portrayal of the woman Kubja who is the slave for the demon king Kamsa, her unexpected encounter with Lord Krishna redeems her of the suffering and bondage as she is blessed by the Lord. Saji was successful in the portrayal of the plight and helplessness of the woman.

Gracy Singh performed Bho Shambo revealing the magnificence and the power of Lord Shiva in the Bharata Natyam style, noteworthy for the divine and sincere quality of the composition. Aditi Yadav's Kathak was noteworthy for its precision and technical quality, pertaining mainly to the Tarana. Aditi is the disciple of renowned exponents Sunayana Hazarilal and Shila Mehta. Manipuri by Anusua Roy was pleasing for its playful quality in Nanichuri wherein little Krishna steals butter during the absence of mother Yasoda. Anusua is the talented disciple of accomplished exponents Latasana Devi and the Jhaveri sisters. Rachita Atibudhi is the disciple of Guru Rabindra Atibudhi, her Odissi rendition was pleasing partially, as needs to concentrate on the finer and graceful aspect of Odissi. Rachita performed Dashavtara quite effectively pertaining to the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

Manju Warrier is blessed with a striking personality, she commenced her performance with Bhramanjali, after the invocatory number, Manju performed Alokey Sri Balakrishna which ended with precise and striking footwork on the rim of the brass plate, that received thunderous acclaim from the audience.
Bhavayami Gopalabala, another Annamacharya compositon. revealed the vatsalya bhavam and the relation of mother Yasoda with little Krishna and her astonishment in seeing the entire world in the little mouth of Krishna. Manju concluded the performance with the popular Swati Tirunal Thillana in Dhanasri ragam. Manju is indeed a brilliant danseuse, besides the structural quality, her performance created an ever lasting due to her powerful expressions and the amazing musical orchestra, led by the commendable vocalist. On the whole a grand programme.

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