Good performance by Rahij  
- Lakshmi Kannan, Chennai 
June 21, 2007 

A dancer would always like to have a girl rather than a boy who according to her would learn dancing and take the same as her career. Dancer Himaja is blessed with a son, who is making her dream come true. He is blossoming into a true Bharatanatyam artiste and his recent performance at the VDS Arts Academy was the outcome of the sincere efforts of both guru (mother) and sishya (son). 

The program commenced with a Pushpanjali in Nattai followed by Oothukaadu Venkatasubbaiyar's composition "Aananda Narthana Ganapathim." Rahij rendered both the items with ease and confidence. The Papanasam Sivam's Padavarnam "Swami Naan Undhan Adimai" remained the central piece. This heart throbbing piece on Lord Shiva had brisk rhythmic passages and lively sancharis. This item tested the ability of the dancer in terms of both nritta and abhinaya. Rahij handled this piece with all care and kept the audience spellbound. 

The devotional piece popularised by M S Amma "Kurai Onrum Illai" came forth in the post Varnam session. "Mazhai" of Subramanya Bharathi in Chakravaham was yet another interesting number that combined crisp sollukkattus. Bhajan "Hari Tum Haro" took the audience directly to vaikuntam which elaborated on episodes of Narahari avatara, Draupadi and so on. "Poornachandrika" of Poochi Srinivasa Iyyangar remained the fitting finale.  

Himaja's brilliant nattuvangam, Latha's vocal support, vibrant mrudangam of Thanjai Chandrasekar, harmonious following by Sikkil Balasubramanium on the violin, Ramana on the flute, Chithra's make up and costume design by Shivakumar added colour to the show. 

Lakshmi Kannan is a Bharatanatyam and Kathak dancer/teacher who runs her own school Jathiswaraalaya Academy of Dance and Music in Chennai.