Enticing performance by Rahij 
- Lakshmi Kannan, Chennai
e-mail: lakshmivn@yahoo.com 
March 18, 2008 

Rahij Ramsharan, son and disciple of guru Himaja Ramsharan's recent Bharatanatyam recital at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai was extremely enticing. The Arabhi Pushpanjali was a choosy starting number followed by the Khanda alarippu. It gave ample evidence of his firm command over rhythm.  The Varnam 'Kolamayil vaahanane' of Vidwan Madurai N Krishnan remained the anchor of the recital and was not only an acid test for the dancer but also for the guru, handling the cymbals (nattuvangam), the vocalist Latha Ramchand and the mridangist Thanjai A Chandrasekaran. The rendition of the jatis by guru Himaja and the dancer's performance of the same were well up to the mark. 

The post-Varnam session comprised 'Natanam Seyyum Paadanaar' in raga Kedaragowlai and Meera Bhajan 'Hari Tum Haro' in Darbari Kanada. This soft and melodious number had interesting sancharis as Gajendra Moksham and Narasimha avatara. This abhinaya-oriented number of Rahij helped him prove herself. His charming face remained an asset and supported him in bringing out the desired expressions with ease.  Ramana on the flute and Sikkil Balasubramanian on the violin offered a grand treat with apt and well-balanced raga intros and fillers for the sancharis. Dr. M Balamurali Krishna's brisk Tillana in kunthalavaraali remained the concluding number. One could definitely guarantee that Rahij has a great future in the ocean of classical dances.

Lakshmi Kannan is a Bharatanatyam and Kathak exponent and a dance critic. She runs her own dance school Jathiswaraalaya in Chennai