Confident debut by Manasi Jayaraman 
- Shantha Rao, Delhi 
April 19, 2008 

Kalangan presented the Bharatanatyam arangetram of Manasi Jayaraman on Saturday, 12th April 2008 at the Triveni Chamber Theatre, New Delhi.  Manasi is a disciple of guru Jamuna Krishnan.  

Considering her youth (she is just 14 years old) Manasi displayed a remarkable level of confidence and chutzpah.  Right from Pushpanjali (the invocatory item) till the Tillana (pure dance), Manasi handled each item with panache and élan.  

The Varnam, the center piece of a Bharatanatyam recital, is the toughest item in a Bharatanatyam repertoire involving both nritta as well as abhinaya (facial expressions).  About a lovelorn nayika yearning for the presence of Lord Kartikeya, Manasi handled it with surprising dexterity for one so young. 

Presenting six solo items in a span of 90 minutes requires a good deal of stamina and endurance power. Manasi danced with remarkable agility displaying both to an amazing degree.

All in all, it was quite a recital considering that it was her first solo performance on stage.  Like all fine arts, Bharatanatyam also requires years of study before one can claim any level of mastery over it.  But like they say, "The child is the father of the man."