since its inception, the fourth Drishti Dance Festival, held on 17th January
2009, brought in a lot of mixed reactions about the content of the festival,
however with a positive change. Earlier, dance festivals meant serious
presentation of Margam in its repertoire with all its finest technical
aspects of Nrithya, Nritta and Rasa as the main objective. Gradually,
the festivals have become a platform for dancers to start a dialogue on
various aspects of repertoire, presentation and also partnership in terms
of media, marketing and social responsibility.
Every artiste and art lover in town turned up for this event. The program was well designed with an equal share of time to young artistes, as well as senior artistes, local as well as visiting artistes. Although the artistes did not stick to their allotted time, each performance was unique in its content and presentation.
The evening began with an invocation by Manasi Prasad, the well known Carnatic musician and dancer.
dance ensemble (Disciples of Anuradha Vikranth), performed Pushpanjali
with flawless synchronization and interesting patterns coupled with authentic
style in choreography made a bright start to the festival.
The group sketched the theme in 3 segments - the first one was emergence of Vak or the alphabets from Lord Shiva's Damaru. The slokas were from Panini sutras. The second being the five elements embodied in Lord Shiva from saint Thyagaraja's famous Krithi 'Naada Tanumanisham.' The last segment was the Tani Avarthanam, a percussion ensemble of a Carnatic kutcheri adapted to dance.
All the four dancers – Somashekar C, Ananth B N, Srinivasan R and Karthik Datar - proved their expertise and mastery over their chosen art form. The audience watched this with a lot of curiosity as these dancers covered the entire stage with swift leaps and jumps and brahmaris (circles) with great exuberance and aplomb.
dancers Ronnie Shambik Ghose, Mitul Sen Gupta and Prasanna from Kolkata,
presented Kathak and various western classical styles (Jazz, Tap and Flamenco)
in amalgamation with contemporary movements. The images were juxtaposed
on the back screen elucidating the theme of the dance. The dancers were
at their fittest best. However many people in the audience felt that the
dance piece was a little lengthy and the movements were repetitive. The
choreography and blending of the styles was very appealing and stylish
without compromising tradition.
The curtains for Drishti 2009 came down with a heart melting and lively performance by Mantap Prabhakar Upadhya. "Mantap" as he is popularly known, has made a mark in Karnataka for presenting Yakshagaana as a solo repertoire; his depiction of characters from mythology as an Ekartha Abhinaya is soul stirring.
this, Drishti honored Mysore V Subramanya, senior art critic and musicologist
and Vyjayanthi Kashi, well known Kuchipudi exponent, acknowledging their
services to the art world. The chief guests IM Vittal Murthy and Dr. Suma
Sudhindra were the audience favorites as they spoke briefly but effectively
and acknowledged the services rendered by Anuradha and Vikranth in promotion
Veena Murthy Vijay, is a Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam exponent, television actor, organizer and entrepreneur. She is the director of Raja Rajeshwari Kalaniketan, Bangalore.