Anjali Institute of Bharata Natyam presented the debut Bharata Natyam recital by Shirley Chettiar, disciple of Guru Lata Surendra, at the ISKCON auditorium, last week. Besides the clarity and the precise execution of move- ments, Shirley revealed her considerable command over expressional dancing too.
Tall and slim Shirley, commenced the performance with the traditional Alarippu in Tisram talam, followed by the Vasanta Jatiswaram which was a fine combination of both music and melody. The Padam in Yaman Kalyani depicted the universal mother as a symbol of kindness and compassion. Indeed, it is always a pleasure to watch the disciples of Lata Surendra as they dance to perfection with professional ease, which was further evident in the Varnam in Marathi that incorporated the complete character sketch of both Krishna and Christ.
The crucifixion scene was the most touching scene of this dance. Keyboard by Madhusudan added to the musical impact. Besides another Padam on Jesus, Shirley concluded the programme with the intricate Thillana. The orchestral credit goes to nattuvangam by Guru Lata Surendra, mridangam by Chandran, violin by Balasubramaniam.