Amudham - A seamless performance
Beautiful colors, coordinated movements, melodious sounds and team spirit were the backbone of the collaborative Bharatanatyam performance "Bharatham Amudham" at the Kaplan Theater, Jewish Community Center on Saturday 16th February. This was the first known collaborative performance in Houston between two established dance schools. The performance by Padmini Chari of Nrithya School of Dance and Indrani Parthasarathy of Abhinaya School of Performing Arts along with their senior students was brought to the Houstonians by the Bharathi Kalai Manram of Houston and partly funded by the Cultural Arts Council of Harris County.
The program began with an energetic Ananda Narthana Ganapathy a prayer to Lord Ganesha by Indrani, Seetha and Anupama followed by a crisp rhythmic piece Nandi Chol by Padmini, Nadi, Asha, Akila and Nisha. This was followed by Nrithya Swaravali by Avany and Seetha, which was neatly executed. Definitely the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Nrithyopaharam "Ninne neranammi naanura." Performed by Padmini and Indrani along with their students Nadi, Asha, Anupama and Archana the dance held the attention of the audience, for its crisply executed teermanams and storytelling. Indrani and Padmini stood out in their histrionic abilities during their depiction of the various stories of Krishnavatharam. This was a treat for the audience that had braved the bad weather. The post varnam session began with a dance called Cauvery presented by younger students Neeraja, Maya, Sita, Karthika, Priyanka and Anamika. Yen Palli Kondirayya was performed by seasoned performers Asha and Nadi.